MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE
WELSH STYLE DRESSER
This fabulous George III example dates to somewhere between 1770 & 1800.
It was hand made from dark stained sturdy English oak.
The back panel of the upper plate rack consists of many timber planks
butted together which clearly show the timbers were hand 'adzed'.
An adze is a cutting tool shaped somewhat like an axe but with its cutting edge
set at right angles to the tool's shaft (like a hoe or plane).
They were used for smoothing or carving large pieces of wood and have been used
to perform this task since the Stone Age.
It was the only tool available to the cabinet maker up until the Industrial Revolution
in the mid 1800s when machines were invented to take over many of these time
consuming aspects of furniture making and every other form of manufacturing as well.
Hand adzed timbers show the furrows made by the tool which is a wonderful feature
in our opinion of this elegant piece of furniture.
The upper plate rack features three fixed shelves, a shaped apron under the pelmet
and shaped side supports.
The dresser base has 4 deep drawers and two cupboards and so there is plenty
of useful storage in this old girl.
It is also decorated with fluted quarter columns on each side and ogee
bracket feet which were mostly used in the mid 1700s.
Currently there is a bit of timber missing in the back left hand lower
corner of the plate rack which we will fix before it goes to its new home.
The handles are not original either of course - they just don't last 200 odd
years with the strain of constantly pulling a heavy oak drawer out
over and over and over again but these replacements have been on it for
at least 40 years that we know of and hence are very high quality, solid
brass that have polished up beautifully.
The brass offsets the dark oak to perfection but if you don't like your
brass bright and shiny just don't polish them and they'll mellow back down again.
Otherwise this wonderful piece of history is in lovely antique condition
and ready to be used for another 200 years.
It measures 164cm wide by 190cm high by 55cm deep.
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