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

SKU0020606

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An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak wardrobe by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (ex-Mouseman) made in about 1990. Yorkshire School wardrobe are quite hard to find and this is a cracking example. The rail runs the right way to take modern hangers providing practical and beautiful storage, featuring:

  • Made in solid English Oak throughout
  • Two doors, each with 8 single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Sides each have 8 single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Transverse hanging rail
  • Wrought iron fittings
  • Subtly adzed on all visible surfaces except the back (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
  • Handmade oak door catches

Approximate dimensions:

  • overall height 169 cm (5 feet 6 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 58 cm (1 foot 10 and three quarters inches)
  • overall width 107 cm (3 feet 6 and a quarter 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

Excellent condition, lovely rich golden colour, snugly closing doors, tight joints, free from woodworm. A few minor marks and dints, as expected with an item that has been in use for 30 years. This wardrobe was made around 30 years ago giving it a warmth and charm not found in new items. It is however still as sound and stylish as it was when made and treated with care it will last many more lifetimes. 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

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

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

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

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