Acornman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Glazed Dresser



An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak glazed dresser by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (ex-Mouseman) made in about 1970. This item features:
  • Made in solid English Oak throughout
  • 3 drawers (made with single plank fronts, solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • Top of the base made from two continuous planks of solid English Oak with chamfered edge
  • 2 fielded panel cupboard doors in the base enclosing a single shelf on the left and 2 shelves on the right
  • Top with 2 fixed shelves enclose by astral glazed door each with a key
  • Constructed using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Splits into upper and lower sections for transport


A very well proportioned and elegant dresser in a good rich colour, benefiting from glazed doors and deeper shelving that a typical dresser, making it considerably more flexible in its possible uses


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall width 122 cm (4 feet)
  • overall height 176 cm (5 feet 9 and a quarter inches)
  • overall depth 49 cm (1 foot 7 inches)
  • base height 85 cm (2 feet 9 and a quarter inches)
  • internal shelf depth 22 cm (8 and three quarters 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 the front

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 Yorkshire School Furniture

The Yorkshire School of the Arts & Crafts movement started with Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson's  transformation from jobbing carpenter to master craftsmen. By the mid-1920s he had adopted his trademark mouse (now world renowned as a symbol of quality furniture) and had his own workshop busily employing several men. As the workshop grew and over the years many of the craftsmen have taken their skills and branched out and adopted a trademark of their own, a fox, a lizard, a fish, a rabbit to name but a few, and whilst some have closely stuck to the Mouseman designs others have taken the style and adapted it. Other craftsmen, unconnected to the Mouseman workshop, have also chosen the classic Yorkshire Oak style as their own. Typical Yorkshire school items are in English Oak, with traditional pegged joints and adzed surfaces


Very good clean sound 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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