Staverton Sectional Barristers Bookcase & desk.
Clean Mid Century lines in Golden Oak.
Salvaged from a local former magistrates court this office furniture was made by 'Staverton Builders'(see company history below), a renowned British joinery firm still going strong today.
Stylishly utilitarian, they are made from solid and veneered golden oak. The sectional cabinet is particularly impressive with pleasingly simple rounded lines, and a nod to the Deco era at the base. Five storage shelves feature a smooth up an over door action with metal runners and a label recess. Each is sub-divided into three further sections within the Birch ply interior. Contents can be secured with the wooden locking bar which operates with a simple radiator style key (provided).
The desk is a compact model, probably for secretarial/clerical use, an ideal size for a home office. A single pedestal holds four shallow drawers over a deeper bottom drawer, two of which have internal divisions for stationary. Handles are an attractive dark bronze colour with a matching foot/support bar A modesty panel at the back would allow it to be positioned freestanding in a room if required. The desk top has an inset linoleum type skiver in a toffee colour.
Both items are branded with the 'ER Staverton' backstamp and dated 1961. The cabinet has signs of historic woodworm to the legs/base, this has been thoroughly treated and filled, the doors and front are unaffected.
Cabinet 186cm(H) x 92cm(w) x 36cm (D).
Desk 75cm(H) x 112cm(w) x 62cm (D)cm at top
CONDITION: Good useable condition (Please request further pictures of treated woodworm to cabinet legs/back if required).
Staverton Builders History
Staverton Joinery arose out of the rebuilding of the 14th century medieval hall at Dartington in South Devon. The restoration needed to be executed by skilled craftsmen, who were at that time in short supply and had to be recruited from further afield. Upon completion of the Great Hall project three years later, measures were taken to prevent the team of craftsmen from dispersing. An old flour mill at the nearby village of Staverton was refitted to provide new works and house the gifted set of joiners, cabinet makers and builders. Thus a new company was formed called Staverton Builders Limited.
During the Second World War large contracts for the MOD were undertaken...By the 1960s, Staverton had developed a reputation for high quality craftsmanship and securing major contracts for specialist joinery in the Middle East. This period also saw Staverton manufacturing furniture ranges for the Crown Suppliers and this developed into many contracts for Crown Court Buildings and major London hotels.
Courtesy of http://www.staverton.co.uk