When buying antique furntiure it is important to look out for pieces stamped with the mark of their maker, to help date and vaule a piece. In France a strict guild corporation insisted on stamping and verifying every single piece of furntiure that was made by cabinet-makers. England did not have such strict regulations. It is in fact very unusual and quite exciting to find British furniture that has been stamped by the maker. At Reindeer Antiques we are fortunate to have some pieces that still retain their original Maker's Mark.
A George II Welsh dresser and rack, c.1740
This oak dresser and rack was made in North Wales, the canopied rack and cupboard like arrangement of drawers particularly point to this region. Interestingly this antique dresser retains its original incised maker's marks to the right and rear of the rack: R, M and D.
A Sheraton Mahogany Canterbury, c.1800
This boat-shaped canterbury with carrying handle and frieze drawer was used for holding sheet music and would only have been found in the wealthiest households, the use of mahogany on the drawer lining shows that no expense was spared! Unusually this canterbury is stamped by the maker Ramsey and Co., Manufactory, No. 83 High Street, Poplar, they are listed in The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers as being active from about 1800.
A fine Irish Sheraton Revival Mahogany toilet mirror, c.1880
This lovely oval toilet mirrow is veneered in flame mahogany and feather banded, it stands on ogee bracket feet. Unusually it bears its original label for M.Butler, 26 and 27 Upper Abbey St., Dublin to the reverse.
The makers of these two pieces of furniture were influened by the clear lines and elegant designs of Thomas Sheraton's 'The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book' published in 1791.