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Antique Welsh Georgian Oak Kitchen Housekeepers Livery Press Cupboard (circa 1800)


£1,750 | $2,330 USD | €1,983 EUR
Item Number: SA598860
Date of manufacture: 1800
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Yolanda Gray Antiques
This antique has been viewed 22 times in the past month with the most views from the United Kingdom.


This is a superb quality antique George III Welsh housekeeper’s oak food cupboard, circa 1800, in excellent original condition, with a secret drawer compartment.

• Item: Housekeeper’s Cupboard
• Provenance: North Wales, UK
• Circa: 1800
• Period: George III
• Wood: Oak
• Solid boarded top
• Protruding canopy
• Spiral quarter columns to front corners
• Working door lock and key
• Gothic shaped Arcadian fielded door panels
• Original bracket feet
• Joined peg construction
• Fold-down access hatch to lower compartment in top section
• Hand dovetailed pine lined drawers
• Secret compartment (lower section)
• Dismantles into two sections
• Sought after size
• Superb colour and patination
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy

The cupboard boasts an elegant protruding canopy above a solid polished boarded top. The cupboard is divided into two sections; the top section comprises a cupboard with two compartments; the top compartment is revealed by opening the two doors, and comprises a single shelf with generous storage space below. Opening the fold-down horizontal hatch, which retains its original working lock and a working key, accesses the lower compartment in the top section. The doors and hatch to the top section incorporate the rotating latches to stop them accidentally swinging open, as well as the original turned wooden handles. The doors to the cupboard boast two lovely raised and fielded Gothic shaped Arcadian panels. The front corners of the top section are adorned with quarter-columns with carved spiral detail. The bottom section of the cupboard houses seven working drawers, arranged in an apparent three-over-two configuration, however the central row of drawers also includes a secret drawer, disguised as part of the frame between the two main drawers. This secret drawer is perfect for the storage of valuables, such as money or jewellery. The drawers are oak lined, constructed with hand dovetailed joints, retaining their original turned knobs. The cupboard features the original polished oak top, inset side panels and original backboards constructed with very good quality wide planks. The cupboard stands on the original Georgian bracket feet. The cupboard has good proportions, which makes it a sought-after size; it was designed to fit into farmhouses with low ceilings. The cupboard dismantles into two sections for easy transport and access into the house.

Condition Report:
This item is in excellent original condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges and frame, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. All doors and hinges are in good working order; they close comfortably. The doors retain the original hinges and steel working locks (with key). All doors and drawers boast the original wooden knobs, which is rare to see. The bracket feet and backboards are original too, along with the secrete compartment. The drawers run smoothly and close flush to the frame. The item is solid in joint and stands firm on the ground (it does not wobble).

Height = 184cm or 72½” or 6ft ½”
Width (cornice) = 131cm or 51” or 4ft 3”
Depth (base including knobs) = 57.8cm or 22¾” or 1ft 10¾”

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland. *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland. If you live in one of the areas, please contact us for a delivery quote.

Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you.

International Buyers:
Please contact us before purchasing the item, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time.

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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1800.


Height = 184 cm (72.4")
Width = 131 cm (51.6")
Depth = 57.8 cm (22.8")

Seller Details

Yolanda Gray Antiques
Unit 4
Organsdale Farm
United Kingdom

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