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This month we have chosen to highlight some our marked and labelled pieces of English furniture.

It is rare to find pieces of furniture which bear any makers' marks, labels or signatures. This was due to the lack of a guild system controlling the furniture trade in contrast to the trade in France.

The makers' marks range from crude wright marks similar to those used by stone masons to beautifully printed labels pasted  into drawers. An example of a piece with crude wright marks is the beautiful Welsh dresser illustrated below.

In contrast the convex mirror retains a label for one of the most famous carvers and gilders Ackermann & Co. Sometimes these labels can shed light on the original home of a piece of furniture or give a more accurate date for a piece of furniture. The stamp on the partners' desk illustrated shows it to be an earlier example than expected.

We have a brief blog on marked English furniture and our website can be viewed at

Georgian Welsh dresser and rack.

Georgian Welsh dresser and rack.


Height: 71" (180.25cm)

Depth: 19.5" (49.5cm)

Width: 54" (137.25cm)

A George II oak dresser and rack from North Wales; the rack above three frieze drawers and two fielded panelled doors, raised on stile feet. Of small proportions and retaining a good colour and patination.

The canopied rack and cupboard like arrangement of drawers point to this antique Welsh dresser to have been made in North Wales. Interestingly this antique dresser retains its original incised maker's marks to the right and rear of the rack: R, M and D.

Ref: 2026

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A Regency convex mirror.

A Regency convex mirror.


Height: 42" (106.5cm)

Width: 20" (51cm)

A Regency period carved giltwood and bronzed convex mirror; the mirror plate set within a reeded and acanthus carved frame surmounted by an eagle above an acanthus spray and with a crisply carved acanthus leaf apron.

Bearing a label to the reverse for Ackermann and Co.

Ref: 2254

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A large William IV partner's desk.

A large William IV partner's desk.


Height: 31.5" (80cm)

Depth: 41.25" (105cm)

Width: 72" (183cm)

Height to top of kneehole: 24.5" (62cm)

Width of kneehole: 34" (86.5cm)

A large William IV period mahogany partner's desk; the leathered top crossbanded in mahogany above three oak lined frieze drawers to either side with three graduated drawers below to either side of the kneehole to the front and cupboard doors to the rear; raised on a plinth base.

Two of the drawers are stamped A. Solomon, 59 Gt. Queen St. Abraham Solomon was working in this area in 1839 as a furniture broker trading in secondhand items so this desk will can be dated to earlier than 1839.

Ref: 2133

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A fine Irish Sheraton revival mahogany oval toilet mirror.

A fine Irish Sheraton revival mahogany oval toilet mirror.


Height: 28.5"

Depth: 10.5"

Width: 17"

The fall is veneered in flame mahogany and feather banded, standing on ogee bracket feet. Bearing the label for M. Butler, 26 and 27 Upper Abbey St., Dublin to the reverse.

Ref: 591

Reindeer Antiques Ltd
81 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BG, telephone: +44 (0)207 937 3754, Fax: +44(0)207 937 7199