• Item: Linen Press
• Circa: 1820
• Period: George III – Regency
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Figured mahogany
• Moulded cornice (incorporates secret drawer)
• Lovely quality figured mahogany door panels
• Original brass door latches and lock with working key
• Six original sliding trays (top section)
• Two-over-two drawer configuration (bottom section)
• Original brass key escutcheons
• Original brass swan neck handles & escutcheons
• Working locks & key
• Original backboards
• Original splayed feet
• Fantastic solid construction
• Superb quality
• Lovely colour & patination
• Dismantles into 3 sections – easy access into rooms
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy
This is a stunning quality large antique English Georgian Regency linen press, constructed from figured mahogany, satinwood and ebony inlay, boasting a secret cornice drawer, circa 1820, in excellent original condition. This linen press incorporates a detachable moulded cornice to the top, decorated with satinwood and ebony inlay, featuring a secret drawer within the cornice itself. We have seen many linen presses in our time but never one with a secret drawer in the cornice! The secret drawer can be accessed by removing a wooden peg and inserting it through the hole on the underside of the cornice to lift the base clear of a stopper, to allow you to open the secret drawer. This secret drawer is a perfect hiding place for valuables such as jewellery or money, as you would never know this drawer existed unless you owned the linen press!
The top section comprises of two lovely solid figured mahogany panel doors, decorated with ebonised inlay. The left-hand door retains its original brass sliding latches, while the right-hand door features the original working lever lock (with working key) and brass closure strip (a sign of quality). The top section opens to reveal a bank of six original sliding linen trays, constructed with pine drawer linings and bottoms. These trays provide lots of storage space for linen and clothes. The base section comprises a two-over-two drawer configuration, with further plentiful storage space. The drawer sides are pine lined and hand-dovetailed, therefore constructed in the original manner. The drawer bottoms retain the original Regency blue rice paper, which is nice to see. The drawer fronts are decorated with elegant figured mahogany fronts, cock-beaded detail, whilst retaining the original brass oval plate handles and backplates, key escutcheons and working locks (with key). The linen press is raised on its original splayed bracket feet (which is rare to see, as these are usually replaced with changing fashions or get damaged over time) above a shaped and reeded frieze. The linen wardrobe also features the original pine backboards. The linen chest dismantles into three sections (cornice, top and base) allowing easy access up the staircase and into the bedroom.
This Regency linen press features a rich red-brown mahogany colour. It has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
This Georgian mahogany linen chest is an excellent investment but is also very practical for storage and would look superb in a variety of rooms, especially the bedroom. This item would certainly grace any home.
Total Height (top and base) = 210cm or 82⅝” or 6ft 10⅝”
Top Height (including cornice) = 123.3cm or 48½” or 4ft 0½”
Top Height (excluding cornice) = 106.2cm or 41¾” or 3f 5¾”
Top Width = 113.8cm or 44¾” or 3ft 8¾”
Cornice Width = 123cm or 48⅜” or 4ft 0⅜”
Cornice Depth = 55.9cm or 22” or 1ft 10”
Top Depth = 51.2cm or 20⅛” or 1ft 8⅛”
Base Height = 87.8cm or 34½” or 2ft 10½”
Base Width = 118.8cm or 46¾” or 3ft 10¾”
Base Depth = 53.4cm or 21” or 1ft 9”
This is a stunning quality large antique English Georgian Regency linen press, constructed from figured mahogany, satinwood and ebony inlay, boasting a secret cornice drawer, circa 1820, in excellent original condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, but nothing significant considering its age. The linen press has been cleaned and French polished by hand to a professional standard in our workshop, therefore the colour and patination is of an excellent standard. The doors lock using the original brass working lever lock (with working key). The drawers retain the original brass oval plate handles and backplates, key escutcheons and original working locks (with key). The press is raised on its original bracket feet. The linen press also features the original backboards. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.
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