Unusual Brass & Cast Iron Height Adjustable Table circa 1860-1880
This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a handsome and rare height adjustable 19th Century, circa 1860-1880, occasional table which is perfect for use as a wine or lamp table or even to display busts or similar items. This fabulous antique table is of the John Carter1 type and 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.
The table top has a moulded edge mahogany top fixed atop a fully height adjustable reeded brass telescopic support on a quatrefoil polished decorative cast iron base with lion’s paw feet raised on wide brass castors with an interesting and unusual height adjustable and lockable brass attachment. It is adjustable from the retracted height of 74cm (29.1”) to a maximum height of 120cm (47.25”).
The 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.