Early 20C British George V Oak Cabinet

Early 20C British George V Oak Cabinet.

Early 20C British George V Oak Cabinet

Presenting a GORGEOUS early 20th Century…………..circa 1925 to 1930………..British ……………..George V Oak Cabinet or Press on casters.

Check out our Brief Commentary:

This is a really QUALITY piece of George V Furniture.


George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936.

He was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), and the grandson of the reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria. From the time of his birth, he was third in the line of succession behind his father and his elder brother, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. From 1877 to 1891, George served in the Royal Navy, until the unexpected death of his elder brother in early 1892 put him directly in line for the throne. On the death of his grandmother in 1901, George's father became King-Emperor of the British Empire, and George was created Prince of Wales. He succeeded his father in 1910. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar.

His reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape. The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons over the unelected House of Lords. As a result of the First World War (1914–18) the empires of his first cousins Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany fell while the British Empire expanded to its greatest effective extent. In 1917, George became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment. In 1924 he appointed the first Labour ministry and in 1931 the Statute of Westminster recognised the dominions of the Empire as separate, independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations. He was plagued by illness throughout much of his later reign and at his death was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_V


It is post Art Deco and Arts and Crafts and reflect the simplicity of quality cabinet making that developed during the era of George V in 1925 to 1930.

It was a 'step away' from the Ostentatiousness of the Art Deco era .............. and it drew inspiration from the Arts & Crafts Movement.

It is definitely in the Style of Robert Thompson.......The Mouseman..........not his (no mouse) but probably influenced by his style.


Robert (Mouseman) Thompson (7 May 1876 – 8 December 1955) was a British furniture maker. He lived in Kilburn, North Yorkshire, where he set up a business manufacturing oak furniture, which featured a carved mouse on almost every piece. It is claimed that the mouse motif came about accidentally in 1919 following a conversation about "being as poor as a church mouse", which took place between Thompson and one of his colleagues during the carving of a cornice for a screen. This chance remark led to him carving a mouse and this remained part of his work from this point onwards.
Robert "Mouseman" Thompson's trademark carving on the altar rail in Kilburn Parish Church

He was part of the 1920s revival of craftsmanship, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement led by William Morris, John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle. More specific to furniture making in this genre and era include Stanley Webb Davies of Windermere.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Thompson_%28designer%29


The emphasis here was on the quality of the cabinet making, the wood (the best British Oak with the best grain) and the simplification of Form.

The piece is of really solid construction.

It has a Gallery on top with a curved pelmet surround with a simple 'indent' motif.

It has two front cabinets. The top cabinet is smaller with 2 central doors and a lock. It opens to reveal a clean and plain storage area.
The second press on the lower part of the cabinet has two large central doors, that open to reveal and single shelf storage area.

The entire piece is mounted on four caster wheels. These were probably added later.......... but make the piece more functional.

The makers label is missing.....it was probably on the central mid-section of the piece.....you can still see the shadow of where it was located.

It is marked on the side with an impressive Royal Crown over 'G.R.V'.

This represents the Royal Seal of George Regent V.

Under this mark there are other indistinguishable marks......possible a serial number.

The patina of the piece is SIMPLY GORGEOUS !! The oak grain just 'punches you in the face" !! QUALITY !!

As experts in British furniture..........we have no doubt that this was made by a TOP BRITISH MAKER.....it is a shame we do not know the maker....as this piece would be priced substantially higher !!!

This is your chance to own a fabulous piece of affordable, quality, functionable and stylish British furniture !!

Blink and you will MISS IT !! LOL

Early 20C British George V Oak Cabinet.

Provenance: Bought at Auction 20 years ago for a considerable sum.

Dimensions: 57" Tall, 35" Wide and 20" Deep

Condition: Excellent.

Price: $850.00. Sale Price Now: $600.00


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