Tilt at the top

Lancashire Life - - Antiques -

Prices of an­tique fur­ni­ture are de­pressed but strength­en­ing across the board, although the rare and un­usual al­ways finds ea­ger buy­ers. By tra­di­tion, rent ta­bles stood in the estate man­ager’s of­fice to re­ceive ten­ants on rent day, their rent books and pay­ments stored in let­tered or num­bered draw­ers around the cir­cu­lar drum-top.

They come onto the auc­tion mar­ket only rarely. This el­e­gant Re­gency rose­wood and in­laid ex­am­ple with cross­banded draw­ers with orig­i­nal han­dles had two fur­ther at­trac­tions: one, it was at­trib­ut­able pos­si­bly to A.gard­ner and Son of Ja­maica Street, Glas­gow, a known maker, and two, it had a top that, for ease of stor­age, could tilt to ver­ti­cal, a highly un­usual fea­ture, hence the win­ning bid of £4,000.

It was pur­chased by a spe­cial­ist

Lon­don dealer in a sale at Sil­ver­woods of Lan­cashire.

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