Alan Acornman Grainger, Ex-Mouseman Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Sideboard



An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak sideboard by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (ex-Mouseman) made in about 1990. A lovely sideboard in the classic Yorkshire School style providing practical and beautiful storage. This sideboard was made around 30 years ago and is still as sound and stylish and it was then. Treated with care it will last several more lifetimes, featuring:
  • Solid English Oak throughout
  • Rectangular top made out of just two continuous pieces of oak with chamfered edges
  • Octagonal legs
  • 3 drawers (made with single plank fronts, solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • Two cupboard doors and fixed central panel each with four fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Fielded panel sides and planked back
  • Adzed on all visible surfaces (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
  • Black wrought iron fittings


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall length 137 cm (4 feet 6 inches)
  • overall depth 48 cm (1 foot 7 inches)
  • overall height 85 cm (2 feet 9 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. 1990


Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif

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 hand made, usually from English oak 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


Excellent condition with smoothly sliding drawers, snugly closing doors, excellent golden colour and grain, free from woodworm and with tight joints and its original finish. A few very minor marks and dints discoverable upon close inspection. 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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