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Impressive and Original 18th Century Oak Press Cupboard

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Impressive and Original 18th Century Oak Press Cupboard

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A beautiful 18th century oak and pine press cupboard with original ornate strap hinges (one marked with roman numerals ) and fabulous original and intricate locks with scallop shell and scrollwork decoration and, extremely rare, retaining the original and very large working key.
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DIMENSIONS
65 inches wide (max) 19 inches deep, 75 inches high. The lower case is 39 inches high (where the two halves separate). For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c.1750

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
A beautiful 18th century oak and pine press cupboard with original ornate strap hinges (one marked with roman numerals ) and fabulous original and intricate locks with scallop shell and scrollwork decoration and, extremely rare, retaining the original and very large working key.

The press cupboard would have been made for storage of expensive items such as fine cloth, the locks are extremely secure and are intricate for the period and the carving indicates it was intended to be seen and to impress. Both upper and lower case have an original and removable pine shelf enclosed by a pair of fielded oak doors in large cushioned frames. Beneath each shelf is a hand forged iron bracket hasp which secures the snib of the door lock when the doors are closed.

Original timbers throughout including original nailed up stained pine backboards. The cupboard is very heavy and robust with a lovely rich and even colour to the oak. There are a small number of old worm holes and tracks here and there but nothing significant and all long since dead. There are a few small and old losses to the extremities of the cornice and minor dings and marks consistent with age and use.

The upper case rests on lower case and can be separated for transport. Original heavy iron carrying handles to each side of upper and lower case. Doors open smoothly and close properly. Huge and original broad bun feet to front and original squared back feet, all retaining a good height.

With a broad and heavily gadrooned cornice and matching carving to the waist with central open scallop shell. Both cornice and waste carving continue around both of the side panels. The front flanking panels are beautifully carved in the Elizabethan manner with roses and rose leaves entwined with grape vines, and with tulip motif on an chip carved and etched ground. Softened by years of wax, use and care the press has a lovely rich colour and fabulous feel. The press is extremely heavy and robust and came from a house where it has been used daily, loved and cared for.

A most impressive press cupboard in excellent original condition and dating from c. 1750.


Dimensions are:

65 inches wide (max) 19 inches deep, 75 inches high.

The lower case is 39 inches high (where the two halves separate). 

For metric please multiply by 2.5