Early 20th Century Blanket Box / Coffee Table / Trunk / Ottoman. A stunning blanket box / toy box / ottoman from the early part of the 20th century measuring 85cm x 48cm x 48cm. Would function perfectly well as a coffee table with storage. Made from pine with black metal braces on the corners. Has a mechanism to hold the lid open.
Has a lock, but no key. Black handles on the sides. I have renovated it after finding it in a sad state, locally. It has been thoroughly cleaned, taken back to natural wood with steel wool and methylated spirits, then given a god coat of bees wax.
It is as you would expect for a circa 100 year old piece. Has marks and blemishes character! Evidence of previous woodworm attack on the bottom (very minor) but its obviously been treated. Made by George Henry Lee and Co of Liverpool in the early 1900s and certainly well before 1940 as this was when the company was bought by John Lewis.George Henry Lee opened his first shop in Basnett Street in 1853 and the business eventually grew into one of the north's top department stores, with a striking building to match. Founded in 1853 by Henry Boswell Lee, George Henry Lee and Co started life as a bonnet warehouse at 12 Basnett Street on the corner of Leigh Street. The shop prospered and grew, gradually developing into a department store. In 1874, the last of the Lee sons retired and control passed to Thomas Oakshott, who in 1887 became the first tradesman to become Lord Mayor of Liverpool, an appointment which added to the prestige of the enterprise. In 1910, the year Thomas Oakshott died, the company had over 1,200 employees and the Basnett Street frontage was rebuilt with elegant Edwardian marble pillars. During the 1920s George Henry Lee was refurbished; so began an age of elegance when the store became the northwests most exclusive shopping destination. Customers in 1920 would often arrive at the shop by horse and carriage to be met by their own personal shopper. A series of cubicles served as a fitting room and each assistant who could use a table and chair outside the fitting room to write out the bill by hand would serve just one cubicle. On the ground floor was a lounge and writing room showing that making a profitable use of all available square footage was not a priority! Even in complex areas such as haberdashery the atmosphere was spacious and elegant. Sweeping counters added to the graceful appearance of the shopfloor, while pillars and light fittings added the finishing touches. The item "Early 20th Century Blanket Box / Coffee Table / Trunk / Ottoman George Henry Lee" is in sale since Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
This item is in the category "Home, Furniture & DIY\Furniture\Trunks & Chests". The seller is "christopherjohndavies" and is located in Llanfairfechan . This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.