Alan Acornman Grainger (ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak chairs



An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School set of four English oak and leather dining chairs by Alan 'Acornman' Arainger (Acorn Industries) made in about 1950. This item features:
  • With shaped and chamfered rail backs
  • Octagonal front legs and chamfered back legs joined by a stretcher
  • Adzed surfaces (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
  • Traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs


A very well made solid English oak set of chairs with the classic Yorkshire School adzed finish


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 85 cm (2 feet 9 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 43 cm (1 foot 5 inches)
  • overall width 43 cm (1 foot 5 inches)
  • seat height 46 cm (1 foot 6 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. 1950


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 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 famous trademark and had his own workshop busily employing several men. The workshop grew and over the years many of the craftsmen have taken their skills and branched out. Most have adopted a trademark of their own, a fox, a lizard, a fish, a rabbit to name but a few, and whilst some have slavishly 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


A very solid and sound set with good rich colour. Some marks on the leather seats. 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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