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Antique Mahogany Drinks Cocktail Cabinet Dry Bar 19th Cent

Antique Mahogany Drinks Cocktail Cabinet  Dry Bar 19th Cent | Ref. no. 09571 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 09571
Price: £ 0.00
A superb flame mahogany drinks cabinet, by the renowned retailer Finnigans, Circa 1880 in date. The upper section is fitted...

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A superb flame mahogany drinks cabinet, by the renowned retailer Finnigans, Circa 1880 in date.

The upper section is fitted with a tambour slide opening to an onyx lined bar with bevelled mirror back, brass fittings, cut glass decanters and glasses.

The tambour section is over two useful frieze drawers and a pull out slide with a clear bevelled glass insert, for mixing and serving drinks,  bearing an engraved  brass plaque  for the maker "FINNIGANS, LTD, MANCHESTER".

The lower section has a pair of oval panelled cupboard doors opening to a fitted interior with single shelf and bottle rack below and raised raised on square section feet.

Fitted with working Bramah locks and key.


In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 136.5 x Width 80 x Depth 45

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 feet, 6 inches x Width 2 feet, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches

Our reference: 09571

Finnigans – was founded by Benjamin Finnigan who was first recorded trading as Brian B Finnigan at 16 Market Street Manchester in 1875.

Finnigans Ltd registered marks at the London (New Bond Street), Dublin, Chester & Sheffield offices in 1901 and with the Birmingham office in 1904.

In addition to those mentioned they are also known to have had shops in Salford, Liverpool and London where latterly they traded from 198 Sloane Street.

is London's oldest security company. Established at 124 Piccadilly, London in 1784, and today based in Marylebone, London and Romford, Essex.

Bramah made their first lock in 1784 and the patent was awarded in 1787. The designer was Joseph Bramah. Joseph Bramah was a leading inventor of the industrial revolution, patenting over 18 new ideas, including a new valve for the water closet (toilet), the hydraulic pump, a fountain pen, and a fire engine.

Bramah also introduced a beer hand pump for use at the bar, to prevent fluid loss when barmen went downstairs to pour a new jug! Due to the quality of his manufacturing, his name became a by-word amongst British Engineers for engineering excellence and many of his inventions are on display in the Science Museum in London. You can find one of his original toilets still working in Osborne House, Queen Victoria's home on the Isle of Wight.

The Bramah lock was unique and advanced property and valuables protection enormously. Indeed it was 50 years ahead of any Chubb lock and 70 years ahead of Yale. Original Bramah locks are most often found on the highest quality homes and furniture.

Flame Mahogany
Thomas Sheraton
 - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree..

Ormolu (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Dimensions in cm:

Height 136.5 x Width 80 x Depth 45

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 feet, 6 inches x Width 2 feet, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches


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