Alfred Charles Hobbs, Antique 19th Century Chest of Drawers - Exotic Woods, London, England

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$2,750.00
$1,900.00
A fine and collectable chest of drawers by the renown Alfred Charles Hobbs. Hobbs formed a furniture manufacturing company in London at the dawn of the industrial revolution and pioneered the use of machines in the manufacturer of furniture. All the locks in this piece bear his company's name together with the proud declaration "Machine Made".
In traditional Chippendale style, this chest features exotic wood inlays - possibly olive ash, reeded quarter columns, cross banded borders.
Lots of storage space in the generous drawers, suitable for many areas in the home.
3rd quarter 19th Century.
Condition is good for age with some minor veneer loss and surface wear in places (see photo detail for the worst area).
35" long x 19" wide x 36 1/2" high.
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Alfred Charles Hobbs (1812-1891) was born in Boston. He became a representative for one of America's foremost lock manufacturers - Hones & Newell in 1840. He travelled to London for the 1851 Great Exhibition and caused a storm when he managed to pick both a Bramah lock and also the famous Chubb detector lock. As a result of his newfound fame, he opened a company in London formally registered as Hobbs & Co. The firm went through various incarnations becoming Hobbs, Ashley & Co. in 1855 and then Hobbs, Ashley & Fortescue, and finally Hobbs, Hart & Co. in 1860. They were very successful using advanced machine production methods.
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