An early 20th century personal measuring scales from the company of W & T Avery Ltd Birmingham. Measuring weight and height, they encapsulate the quality and ingenuity of craftsmanship that came out of the manufacturing bases such as Birmingham. The stand and post is made of oak. The height measure, including the extension, is made of boxwood. Silvered brassware gives a smart, medical appearance. Below, the stand contains a compartment for the adjusting key, and the top can be taken off to reveal the cast iron mechanism. Altogether, these scales are in perfect working order, and comes with all its tools and fitments. Circa 1900
A late 18th century writing companion box of exceptional quality. Crafted in solid rosewood, with mahogany linings to drawers, it takes the form of a miniature tambour fronted desk. The fine tambour front rolls back to reveal an interior fitted with 2 small drawers and spaces for pens, etc, and ink bottles.
Fine reeding finishes the curved and front edges of the box.
Brass carrying handles and small knobs are all original. In addition to the excellent craftsmanship, this box has been treasured and for over 2 centuries and is in superb condition. Circa 1800
Mid 19th century Spice Tower with 4 stacking compartments. Turned from sycamore, with fine turnings, each section screws into the the lower pot. The top is slightly unusual, fashioned in the style of a pillar box. The accumulation of patina has left the surface uneven, showing its history. Clearly well used, the Spice Tower retains its original printed labels, with deterioration of the label on the base section. The wood has cracked at various points, and cleverly repaired, so the tower is stable and fits together perfectly. It has a lovely original feel and good colour. Circa 1840
A superb complete boxed Croquet Game. The paper label reads: United Service Croquet Set. Army & Navy Co-operative Society Ltd, 105 Victoria St, London SW1
The 4 mallets are in excellent condition, one having minor indents (probably from dog teeth), shown in close-up. Some of the pieces are rarely seen in most sets, and all are in fine condition. Cared for and stored well, this is a quality game that will be played for many years to come. Circa 1920
Beautifully proportioned early 19th century casket on brass feet. Veneered with opulent burr yew wood, it is finished with boxwood and ebony fine line inlays. The original brassware is of the finest quality, and is in exceptional condition, retaining much of the original gilding. The original interior, probably a ladies work box, was replaced some time ago (possibly in the 1920s/30s) with a plush wine red velvet and a fine leather covered jewellery tray. A jewel of a box, a perfect gift! Circa 1820
Early 19th century colour and style is captured in this sarcophagus shaped double Tea Caddy. Figured flame mahogany and fine pressed gilded brass feet and handles would have made this container for tea a treasure. The 2 inner removable tea boxes, made of solid mahogany with ebony edging, still slide effortlessly into their compartments, due to the quality of construction. A small veneer patch and repair near a hinge (seen in a photograph), and a replaced glass mixing bowl, are all the damage inflicted by 200 years on this beautiful Tea Caddy.
A rare small table Cabinet/Box from the early 18th century. Made of oak, it has an upper compartment with a door, over a single moulded fronted drawer. The door has its original iron butterfly hinges and wooden catch. The brass handles are also probably original. In fine condition, this cabinet has always held precious items, and in turn has been cared for. Circa 1730
Early 20th century leather covered fitted writing box. Of good quality, the top is slightly padded and inset with a carrying handle, which, like the other metalwork on the box, is silver plated brass. The interior is fitted to hold everything for writing the ink bottle is missing. It even has a wipeable white board for memos! Circa 1910
An early 19th century curved back Box Settle. Finely made, it has a high back, a side cupboard with a panelled door, and concealed storage space under the seat. A wonderful statement piece of antique furniture, it is entirely of honey toned pine, with lovely wear and a waxed surface. It is in original condition. Circa 1820
A collection of mid-20th Century heavy silver gilt spoons, displayed in an authentic, padded presentation box. All six spoons are in great condition and contain hallmarks which date these items back to 1958. Each spoon is also imprinted with the maker's mark, C. J. Vander, Sheffield.
A rare late 19th century height measure. Made of mahogany, the stick is faced with boxwood on 2 sides, one side inscribed in inches, the other with metric measurements. In 1896 the British Parliament passed the Weights and Measures (Metric System) Act which legalised metric units for all purposes, at a time when over 40% of British exports were to metricated countries. This treen measure has a sliding arm, connected with brass and finished with a carved hand hold. Small brass plates strengthen the base of the measuring stick. An interesting piece of history, in excellent condition. Circa 1900
A fine Victorian wooden truncheon, turned from boxwood or fruitwood. The painted decoration includes a quartered heraldic shield and a crown. There is a lovely tactile feel and patina to the ring turned handle. General wear to the surface is expected, but the truncheon is in very good order.
19th century money box, probably made for a child, turned from boxwood. It is in the form of a crenelated turret. The inner lid, with the coin slot, unscrews to open the box. It is in lovely condition, with its original surface.
Often found in Chemists and Doctors travelling medicine chests, these wooden bottle shaped containers were excellent at protecting their contents. Turned from boxwood, they were crafted with amazingly accurate screw on lids, that even today are sharp, effortlessly opening and closing. This one has an attractive turned top, and is stamped "4 oz" to the base. It is in very good condition.
A small beautifully proportioned early 19th century Chest of Drawers. In keeping with the period, a pine carcass is veneered with warm mahogany, which is edged and inlaid with fine contrasting lines of boxwood. The top has restrained decoration in the form of crossbanding and inlay. The 3 drawers have their original oval brass handles, and the top drawer is lined with blue paper. This charming little antique chest of drawers stands high on its integral feet, and has a wonderful warm colour and fine waxed surface.
19th century mahogany writing slope/box of great quality. The gilded brass bands, corners and side handles are finely made, inset and flush with the surface of the wood. Opening the box reveals a blue velvet writing slope that conceals space for stationary. On one side a removable inner tray can be lifted out, and a secret spring catch used to reveal a set of little drawers. Silver-plated topped ink bottles, pen tray and compartments for letter writing accoutrements complete the interior. The box has a Bramah lock but no key. A fine box, it was made for travelling, for someone wealthy, possibly military. It has been well used, with wear and minor scratching tp the brass, but obviously travelled in a case, as the condition and surface is exemplary. Circa 1870
Often found in Chemists and Doctors travelling medicine chests, these wooden bottle shaped containers were excellent at protecting their contents. Turned from boxwood, they were crafted with amazingly accurate screw on lids, that even today are sharp, effortlessly opening and closing. This small example has an incised stamp on the lid: SAVORY & MOORE LONDON, for the well known chemists that operated throughout the 19th century. The condition is very good, with only a small surface disturbance at a point in the wood grain. Circa 1860
A 19th century Treen Bottle Holder. Made of boxwood, the top is stamped JONES PARIS 23 BLV DES CAPUCINES (end of the last word is indistinct, but this is the address of a well known English perfumer, T Jones, who opened a shop in Paris) In good condition, it has just a small scar on the top. Circa 1880
Finely turned Victorian Treen medicine/Chemist bottle holder. Made of boxwood, with an excellent screw thread, the top is finished with a small nipple. Snugly fitted inside is a glass stoppered bottle, probably the original bottle. One fine crack can be seen on the main body, but it has not opened or extended through to the inside. Circa 1850
This Toilet Mirror with drawers was created to grace the fine new walnut tables and chest of drawers of the late 17th/early 18th century. Made of oak, and veneered with walnut, the base consists of 2 tiers of drawers, with extravagant shaping to the front. The small brass handles are original. The swing mirror has been repaired where the fragile gilded gesso surround has deteriorated over the years. The glass is an old replacement with good clarity. A dark glowing warmth and lovely waxed surface makes this walnut period mirror a treasure. Circa 1700
Late 18th century table box. Made of oak and veneered with fine mahogany, it has a sturdy quality to it. The base moulding ends in small shaped feet. Original brass fittings gives a warm twinkle to the severity of the simple rectangular box. It was originally compartmented but is now lined with paper. The mahogany has a particularly attractive depth of colour that makes this simple box a little treasure. Circa 1780
With the handsome proportions of the William & Mary period, this Box Stool on bun feet is a great furnishing item of small furniture. Of fine dovetailed construction, it has original iron butterfly hinges, escutcheon and working lock. Brass carrying handles on the side are 18th century. A superb side table or log container, a very useful item of late 17th century oak. Circa 1690
A mid 18th century oak box chest that furnishes any room. The simplicity of this piece of furniture makes it a perfect coffee table. It is finely made, with concealed dovetails, and a clean flat top finished with a moulded edge. The hinges and partial lock are original to the chest. It is completed with old, though not original, turned feet and brass escutcheon to the front. The back has been polished, and the whole chest has a pleasing waxed finish that is easy to live with. Circa 1750
A good set of Staunton type Chess pieces. Weighted and having felted bases, they are a classic set. The black pieces are ebonised. The black king has a minor chip to the finial, otherwise the condition is excellent, and all held in their wooden box with sliding lid. Circa 1950
An impressive early 19th century Book Box. Made of walnut, inlaid with fine line stringing, with carved fruitwood on the sides, it has the special texture of a Folk Art piece of treen. The spine of the book is carved to simulate an old leather binding, and does indeed glow like antique polished leather. Both front and back of the book is inlaid with a large cross, indicating the the box probably once held a precious Bible. The interior is lined in blue paper, with a message hand cut into the paper of the lid: "A Present". A beautiful and rare box. Circa 1810
Late 18th century Mahogany Toilet Mirror with a box base. The 3 drawer base is serpentine-shaped, veneered with fine flame mahogany and edged with contrast stringing. It sits on small ogee feet. The swing mirror is shield shaped. The back has a paper dust cover. A good Georgian period mirror, in lovely condition. Circa 1800
An early 20th century Jacques Croquet Game. Neatly contained in its pine box, with a faded name logo on the front, and iron carrying handles, the individual pieces of the game are of good quality and condition. 4 boxwood mallets, 3 are original Jacques and I unnamed other. 6 iron hoops, 2 flat topped slightly heavier hoops are possibly replacements. 4 balls, 2 are F.H. Ayres Ltd London International balls. 2 painted wooden posts. The box is in good condition, but is missing the 2 catch "keepers" for securing the lid. Circa 1920
Regency Rosewood Tea Caddy. With beautiful figured veneers and fine boxwood stringing in superb condition, it is fitted inside with a single lidded tea compartment and recess for a mixing bowl. An original pressed brass handle is well balanced by a similar, slightly ragged, replacement from the same period. Original hinges and feet complete this simple but charming Tea Caddy. Circa 1820
Late Victorian oak table top box. The domed top is a slatted rolling lid that opens to reveal 2 compartments. Lending a twinkle to this well constructed box is a pair of engraved silver plated oval side handles. The oak has been chosen for its graining, the sides in particular displaying a more unusual and decorative cut of the wood. What will you keep in this charming box! Circa 1900
A handsome quality early 20th century boxed game of croquet by F. H. Ayres. 4 mallets, 4 balls, 10 number markers, 2 posts and 11 metal hoops. Included is a 1972 edition of the 1961 Laws of Association Croquet and Golf Croquet. Circa 1910
A good mid 20th century wooden Staunton Chess set. Of medium size, (the king is 8.3cm tall), this is a set that has seen many skirmishes and is perfect for a good sized board/table. It comes in a pine box with a sliding lid. Circa 1950
Bring fun and games to Christmas at home with this early 20th century Table Croquet Game in a pine fitted box. Of exceptional quality, the interior racks keeping the mallets in order, with good space for all the items. The set comprises 8 mallets, 2 hand painted posts, 6 balls, 10 metal hoops, a mallet and a hope punch for the cork stands. The unusual box, with a pitched roof top, opens to form a holding shelf for the small items and balls. Circa 1910
Unwrap this handsome Games Table after Christmas dinner and sit back for some stimulating fun and games! The mahogany top with an inlaid chequerboard, has a sturdy feel, due to a box construction to contain shallow drawers. The 2 drawers contain a set of wooden draughts, and can also be used to place "taken" chess pieces.The base has a yew wood baluster column and oak legs. The top and base are 19th century in date but were not originally together, however they create a robust and attractive games table. Circa 1830
A gift to be treasured by any chess player, this Chess Set is a classic Staunton. Turned in boxwood and ebony, the pieces are weighted and finished with green baize on the bases. A small set, they are nicely portable in their box. Condition is good, just some damage to the lower part of the white king (see photographs). Circa 1930s.
A perfect treasure of a snuff box! Beautifully carved from burr mulberry, with an integral hinge, and lined with tortoiseshell, the lid is personalised with a little silver initialled shield. The original surface worn soft by time and handling is a tactile joy to hold. In immaculate condition, this little antique treasure could also hold another surprise...! Circa 1820
An agate glazed slipware Money Box modelled as a Scottish chest of drawers. Bold yellow and brown swirls cover the surface (except the base). "Savings Bank" is impressed into the top front of the chest, which has black knobs and escutcheon details, with the date 1875 written in black slip on the base moulding. No makers name, but it is possibly from one of the potteries that flourished in Burton-in-Lonsdale in the 19th century or from the Halifax area. It is in exemplary condition, the odd corner of worn glaze only a sign of its age.
Mid 19th century table String Barrel. Turned from boxwood, it retains fine crisp edges and scribed line decoration. The metal cutting blade is in exceptional condition. With a good clear surface and colour, this string box is a fine quality piece of antique treenware in superb condition. Circa 1850.
A 19th century treen Bottle Holder. Finely turned from boxwood, it has a good undisturbed deep patina and colour. There is a natural crack from the base. These containers generally held doctors glass medicine bottles. Circa 1880
This antique boxed Croquet Game is a reminder of the history of the sport in England. Before Wimbledon became the home of tennis, until 1877,for nearly a decade, the grounds were known as The All England Croquet Club. This early 20th century boxed set is called The Wimbledon, and came from the Sports Dept of The Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Co Ltd of Birmingham. The fitted box, with carrying handles, contains 4 quality mallets, the boxwood heads stamped with the makers name, F H AYRES LTD, LONDON. 4 wooden balls, 2 banded posts, 8 iron hoops and 8 small marker pegs, complete the game. Circa 1910
Victorian Croquet Game. The boxed set comprises 4 mallets with lignum vitae heads, 4 lignum vitae balls, 2 wooden posts and 6 iron hoops. Recalling summer days in the garden, this antique game comes neatly in its pine box with carrying handles. Circa 1900
Handsome late 19th century Oak Desk Stand. This was a presentation piece, the plaque inscribed and dated 1888. It is of great quality, fitted with glass inkwells and a sentry box perpetual calendar. The single drawer has a bold handle which matches the corner trim in a white metal.
A fine quality late 19th Stationary Box/Desk Organiser. Made in oak, it features a sloping front that opens to reveal a letter/paper rack, pen tray, ink bottle, and a removable white slate board. The single drawer with its original brass handle contains a label: "Supplied by Jas. Bragg, Stationer and Bookseller, 105 &106 Broad St, Reading". Bragg is recorded in the Reading Street Directory for 1888 at this address. Well constructed, with rounded edges and a great shape, this box is in excellent condition. The catch securing the opening doors is missing, as is the bottom strip of the slate frame. Circa 1890
A fine quality 18th century snap top tripod table in mahogany. The single piece top sits on a bird-cage box that allows it to pivot on the central baluster. Carving to the baluster and curved leg of the tripod base is classical and retrained. Circa 1780.
Perfect for a calm moment amidst Christmas festivities is this pretty Victorian boxwood Solitaire Game. With fine turnings and standing on 3 small bun feet, it is fitted for play with modern marbles. Circa 1880
The Georgian Tripod Table is an iconic form, elegant yet functional. This late 18th century table is made of mahogany, with a tilt-top and a box birdcage section that allows the top to revolve. A beautifully turned central vase shaped column is raised on fine legs, the carving on the knee worn soft by years of polishing and dusting. Delicately shaped feet are intact and have not suffered from wear. This small table has survived in lovely condition. Circa 1780.
A good example of Victorian Treen, this Glove Powderer would have been an essential item for the affluent 19th century person. Beautifully turned from boxwood, it unscrews into 3 sections. It is in excellent condition with a good surface and colour. Probably a gift, inside the domed middle section is an inscription, initials and the date August 11th 1870.
A fully working set of floor standing scales from the esteemed firm of W & T. Avery Ltd, Birmingham. Primarily made of oak, with a boxwood scale and fine brass fittings, it has its original weights. In the base, a small lidded compartment holds an adjustment key. By the end of the 19th century, Avery had become specialists in weighing machines, using the skill and expertise of the industrial manufacturing industry. The quality of these working scales for measuring the human body is clearly to be seen.Circa 1910
This fabulous vintage Chemist shop sign is bold and great fun as it lights up a room! The 3-dimensional rectangular box is made of rivetted metal, with glass panels to the two long sides. The decoration with the word"CHEMIST" is in prefect condition on one side, dull on the other side. The metalwork has survived in superb condition. Circa 1930-50
An early 19th century rectangular ottoman. Mahogany base and bun feet support the upholstered box, which sweeps upwards with concave shaped sides. A modern corduroy keeps this piece very current. Circa 1820
A sturdy mid 19th century box chest with iron carrying handles. The use of elm, with its attractive figuring and colour, lends interest to the main body of the chest, including the back (which is also polished). A flat and well polished pine top makes a great surface to use or display items. It would make an excellent coffee table. Circa 1860
Late 17th century Oak Bible Box. The flat top is hinged with iron hinges to a sloping lid. The front is carved with floral motifs and initials. In lovely original condition, this box has the glow of period oak. Circa 1700.
Fine 18th century mahogany Georgian toilet box mirror. Beautifully proportioned, the box base is serpentine shaped and has 3 drawers. It is decorated with crossbanding and fine light wood edging. The oval swing mirror with its bevelled glass is held on slender carved supports. It has a vibrant clear surface, showing well the excellent 18th century flame mahogany. For this reason, slight spotting to the top (high-lighted by the camera but not obvious to the naked eye) has been left undisturbed. Circa 1780
Probably the original Swing Ball Game! Made of wood and brass, of superb quality, it is broken down into sections that store easily in its box. Iron stays anchor the main pole to the ground, securely held in place with iron pegs. The ball has been replaced. It is a wonderful way to get the whole family active in the garden! Circa 1920
An interesting late 18th century small mahogany chest on bracket feet. Well made, of dovetailed construction, the lid to the main chest is secured with 3 locks. The box may have contained valuables or deeds, requiring 3 different key holders to access the contents. With a single drawer and original brass carrying handles, a very useful piece of Georgian furniture. Circa 1780
An unusual late Victorian Games Box in the form of a Snooker Table. The baized top opens to reveal storage for playing cards etc. Fine brass fitments around the top once held nets at the ball pockets sadly, they did not survive, but could be replaced with care and ingenuity. A rare little box! Circa 1900
This is a stunning and rare Antique Victorian Mahogany Twin Pedestal Fall Front Desk with raised cabinet section enclosing adjustable shelves, four small drawers with pen box and fall front leather topped writing surface with Chubb Locks. The locking system on this desk is quite unique and rare. The single lock when closed fully locks the whole desk so all the lower drawers, the side cupboards and the fall front are all locked. The whole pieces is made from superb quality Mahogany including all the drawer linings and has an inlay with the initials CL or LC and dated 1878. Measurements are as follows; 57" inches widest x 29" inches deepest x 56.25" inches highest. Desk height is 30" inches. Raised section measures 26.5" inches from the desk x 12.75" inches deep. The fall front writing surface measures 27" inches wide x 22" inches deep. Overall condition is very good and original. Shows no signs of restoration or non original parts. Has usual wear and tear commensurate with age and use. Very clean and ready to use. Top section lifts off and the top unscrews from the twin pedestals thus making it easy to transport and install. Collection is welcome from WR8 Worcestershire or I can arrange delivery anywhere in the UK just email me your postcode for a quote, thank you.
This is a stunning antique wooden twin handled tray with the most beautiful Box Wood inlaid marquetry with a Burr Walnut base. c1900. The central scene depicts two cherubs, one leading the other in a chariot pulled by two goats. This is surrounded by scrolling arabesques depicting dragons, birds, butterflies, trailing flowers and Urns. Overall in very good condition.
Mid 19th century treen Bottle Holder. Turned from choice boxwood, the top screws into the main container to hold the glass bottle securely. The top, raised to take the stoppered bottles of that time, has a flat top with an overhanging moulded rim. In excellent condition, with no splits, and having a lovely colour and surface. Circa 1850.
A handsome early 18th century Dower Chest. The fielded panels and pegged construction is typical of the period. The plank top is held on iron hinges, and opens onto the main storage area, which contains a "herb" box to the left hand side (herbs for keeping fresh the stored items). Below are 2 useful drawers, finished with decorative moulding. A warm colour and original surface makes this chest a lovely example of the Age of Oak.
An 18th century Oak Box Stool. The rising lid has a moulded edge and iron butterfly hinges. The front has applied mouldings that simulate drawer fronts. The brass handles are replacements. A rare and attractive small piece of oak with a good surface and colour. Circa 1700.
A striking mid 19th century box, the front and lid banded in contrasting woods. The darker wood is rosewood, which is used to veneer the remainder of the box, whilst the brighter figured maplewood provides the contrast. The rectangular box, possibly originally made to hold gloves, has been re-lined with paper, has original brass stop hinges, and is in very good condition. Circa 1840.
A stunning Royal Worcester Figure of Shire Stallion 'Manor Premier King' RW3759 by Doris Lindner. Modelled c1963 in a Limited Edition of 500 this is number 385 and is complete with its wooden base, certificate and original packing box. Condition is perfect.
A 60 piece complete vintage cutlery set never used in its original oak box comprising 6 side knives and forks, 6 main knives and forks, 6 tea spoons, 6 coffee spoons 6 dessert spoons, 6 soup spoons, 2 serving spoons, carving knife, carving fork and sharpener. Made by James Lodge Ltd, Sheffield, England.