6 Acornman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak 6 Chairs 1970



A set of six Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak chairs by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (ex-Mouseman) made in about 1970. This item features:
  • Made in solid English Oak throughout
  • 2 carvers and 4 dining chairs
  • Drop in leather seat pad
  • Flutted spindle backs
  • Square section legs with chamfered edges united by stretchers
  • Constructed using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs


A very elegant design made from English oak to a very high standard


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 86 cm (2 feet 9 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 43 cm (1 foot 5 inches)
  • overall width 43 cm (1 foot 4 and three quarters inches)
  • seat height 46 cm (1 foot 6 inches)
  • carver overall width 57 cm (1 foot 10 and a quarter inches)
  • carver overall depth 47 cm (1 foot 6 and a half inches)
If you need a very exact dimension, or one we haven't included, feel free to contact us and we will measure it for you


c. 1970


Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif on each chair

About Alan 'Acornman' Grainger

Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman): Acorn Industries was started by George Grainger, a former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman, in the mid-30s. He trained his son Alan (and Derek 'Lizardman' Slater) who then took over and developed the business. Renowned for high quality pieces, all are hand made from solid English oak finished with the distinctive adzed ripple and bearing the acorn mark

About English Oak

English Oak: The most British of woods, that can produce really special results. English oak has been used for hundreds of years to construct everything from sea-going vessels to fine furniture. Although oak grows widely across Europe and North America, craftsmen continue to cherish English oak which grows more slowly than its foreign counterparts giving it strength, durability. Quarter sawn boards are very straight grained and have distinctive growth rings and medullary rays that give a very beautiful effect as well as being renowned for their superior stability and strength

About Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Furniture

The Cotswold School was a development of the Arts and Craft Movement started largely by Ernest Gimson and the brothers Sidney and Ernest Barnsley. The furniture is instantly recognisable with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, and use of beautiful materials. Cotswold School designs were crafted from local materials using traditional tools and techniques and with decorative details derived largely from utilitarian elements: exposed joinery, unusual panels, interesting pulls and latches crafted either from wood or from metal using traditional smithing techniques, and close attention to form as well as to wood grain and pattern. Where decorative details were added they generally took the form of traditional embellishment such as exposed joints, chamfered edges and chip carved edge details.The style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward, Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire, Robin Nance in St Ives and Ambrose Heal are a handful of such men out of many. The best developed their own style within the established tradition


Very good clean condition. If you wish to have further specific photographs or talk to us for a more detailed condition report then please do not hesitate to contact us

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