19th Century Cast Iron, Brass & Mahogany Height Adjustable Occasional Table
This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a handsome and rare height adjustable19th Century, circa 1840-1860, occasional table which is perfect for use as a wine or lamp table. This fabulous antique table has a brass telescopic mechanism with lockable brass attachment and is in full working order and wonderful condition; its original purpose would have been to support oil lights.
It has an unusual top with a raised moulded edge which is mirrored with a central moulded reservoir. The top is fixed atop a steel column with an adjustable brass telescopic stem which has a lockable brass attachment and is adjustable from 58cm/25.5” up to a maximum height of 112cm/44”. This all stands on a highly decorative good quality, heavy polished cast iron base with elaborate foliate cast stem and foliate cast lion’s paw feet.
A Victorian inventor and cabinet maker, John Carter established his business in 1858 and operated out of 2, 4 and 6 New Cavendish Street, Portland Place, London. By the 1880’s he had produced a comprehensive range of fine adjustable medical furniture such as reading tables, chairs, couches, beds, and bath chairs, many being specifically aimed at wounded soldiers; these were sold under the trademarked banner ‘Literary Machines’. Having gained a reputation for quality Carter, who was maker to The Queen (Victoria), Prince of Wales and Emperors of Russia and Germany, went on to win 20 gold medals and awards for his work.
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