Very rare 19th.c. lawn tennis racket clamp by Henry Maylings of Woowlich, creators of the original rackets for Major Walter Clopton Wingfield’s invention of his game called ‘Sphairistike’, later known as Lawn Tennis. Designed to take four rackets with pine spacers held between two thick walnut boards with brass tightening screws and a brass carry handle. Note the distinctive pear shape of early lawn tennis racket heads. Clearly stamped for Henry Maylings Frances St Woolwich together with the royal crest above the handle.
Interesting to note this rack was found by us in Mold just a few miles from Wingfield’s birthplace at Ruabon here in North Wales and close to Nantclwyd Hall where he first demonstrated Sphairistike in 1873.
Dimensions: width 10¼”, depth 8″, height 13½”.
Good size early 20th.c. oak pedestal desk c.1920. A large desk, the top measuring 60″ x 32″ with a tooled black leather writing surface over three drawers. Three drawers to the left hand pedestal whist the right has two, the bottom drawer being double height. Moulded drawer fronts in solid oak with good quality brass handles and hardwood drawer linings. Moulded plinth base raised on castors. Panelled and polished on the sides and rear. Excellent condition, cleaned and polished in our workshops. Key supplied.
Dimensions: width 60″, depth 32″, height 29″.
Rare George II mahogany stool c.1740. Extraordinary shaped sides raised on fine carved cabriole legs ending in round pad feet. Note also the shaped detail at the corners. Upholstered seat pad freshly covered in a piece of crewelwork embroidered cloth. Some earlier repairs to the frame below the seat suggest the top was originally hinged. Excellent condition, cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
Dimensions: width 21″, depth 16″, height 20″.
Very rare antique Tibetan bronze temple gong. Half inch thick bronze gong (15″ wide x 9″ tall) in the form of a stylised chatra (an umbrella like canopy with symbolic meaning to the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism) with a tooled edge. Suspended from an associated 19th.c. oak stand, carved on both sides, possibly of Indian origin. Though not loud the gong has an incredible resonance and sustain, the sound of a single strike lasting for well over a minute. Unfortunately the age and origins of this extraordinary artefact are lost but a very similar gong (smaller and minus stand) is recorded as having been collected by William Charles Hayman, a member of the notorious 1903 British military invasion of Tibet under Francis Younghusband.
Dimensions: width 22″, depth 13″, height 31″.
Mid 19th.c. oak bench c.1850. Ideal for a hallway, almost six feet long but just 17″ deep. Simple rustic design with a slatted backrest and shaped arms over a seat made of two long planks raised on square stiles. Good condition, some earlier wear and repairs. Excellent colour, cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
Dimensions: width 70″, depth 17″, height 35″.
Edwardian era marble top breakfront side cabinet c.1905. Superbly figured marble top with shaped front and a thumb moulded edge. Over two drawers and a two door cupboard fitted with a single long shelf inside. Burr elm veneered front with satinwood crossbanding and a parquetry inlaid cameo to the fixed centre panel. Original gilded ormolu corner mounts and handles. Satinwood veneered sides. Unusual pale colour and excellent condition, simply cleaned and waxed in our workshops. Key supplied.
Dimensions: width 61½”, depth 20″, height 35″.
Long late 18th.c. French oak coffer c.1790. In solid oak throughout with a flat (rather than panelled) top with moulded edge, made of inch -thick boards with opening centre section and fixed side pieces. Over an attractive front with shaped panels within a moulded surround either side of a carved roundel at the centre. Shaped and moulded apron and front legs. Panelled sides and rear. The unusual configuration of the lid means a pair of lamps or similar can stand on the top without stopping access to the inside. Alternatively would be easily strong enough to work as a window seat. Note there are no hinges on the lid – as original. Excellent condition and lovely colour and patina.
Dimensions: width 67″, depth 23″, height 23″.
Very unusual pair of tall painted wooden columns c.1930. Probably originally intended as lamps. Standing 55″ tall, With six sided baluster urn shaped tops on tapering columns. Original scumbled paint work with red highlights to the mouldings. Some minor damage and wear to the paintwork.
Dimensions: height 55″, width & depth at base 9″.
Elegant Edwardian era bench c.1880. Ideal for a hallway or covered garden use perhaps. In ash throughout, a low back rest with straight top rail and a lyre motif at the centre of diagonally arranged spars. Shaped arms on turned supports, over a slatted seat raised in straight legs. Excellent colour and condition, cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
Dimensions: width 60″, depth 16″, height 36″
Exceptional late 19th.c. white marble mantle clock c.1880. The very handsome and restrained white marble case is rare, these clocks are more frequently found in black marble or slate and are often heavily adorned with gilt mounts. Fluted drum top flanked with scrolling forms on a deep moulded plinth. Five inch diameter enamel face with fine black numerals on a raised chapter ring around an open escapement movement with ruby escapement pallets. Original steel hands, bezel and glass. Eight day works with pendulum, striking the hours and half hour on a bell. Excellent condition, the works have been cleaned and overhauled and are sold with a 12 month guarantee.
Dimensions: width 25″, depth 7″, height 14″.