Acornman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Tea Trolley



An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School tea trolley by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (ex-Mouseman) made in 1963. The upper sections lifts off from the base to become two occasional. This item features:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Two sections, the lower one on castors
  • Made with traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs


Can be used as a trolley and converts to twin coffee tables


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 68 cm (2 feet 2 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 42 cm (1 foot 4 and a quarter inches)
  • overall length 64 cm (2 feet 1 and a quarter inches)
  • height of each section 35 cm (1 foot 1 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




Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif. This trolley was made for Mrs Platts of Weatherby in 1963

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

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 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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