An antique harness cupboard is a cupboard that was originally used for holding and storing horse and harnesses equipment. Harness cupboards usually have wooden pegs in the top section and drawers below. They are very useful pieces of antique furniture and they are still used today as kitchen cupboards or hall cupboards, they are used for hanging coats and storing away shoes. As they were built mainly in the 17th and 18th century, they are quote primitive in their construction, made from solid Oak, with pegged dowels and old clout nails. also the fittings are usually made from Iron, with H hinges and rustic handles. They always come with beautiful charm and character from years of use, along with a beautiful patina. Here on antiques world we do get some beautiful examples for sale and you can see our current selection here on our cupboards section of our website. We also do get some lovely country oak pieces that would compliment perfectly, full of lovely charm and character.
Harness & Court Cupboards for sale
Below are some previous examples that we have sold and if you are looking for a specific design, please email us to join our wanted list.
Georgian Period Antique Oak Livery Cupboard / Harness Cupboard.
Dating from around 1760 this Georgian period oak antique harness / livery cupboard is made of pegged construction. It has a moulded cornice above two cupboard doors with a key and working lock. The doors have raised fielded panels with moulded edges and the interior has the original oak back boards with oak pegs (a hanging rail could be fitted if required). The lower section of the antique cupboard has a moulded edge above three raised fielded panels and three working oak lined drawers with moulded edges and swan neck handles. It stands on a moulded plinth and splits into two sections. This 250 year old antique is full of character and charm with the usual marks from age and use but has a wonderful warm, medium oak, finish with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Regency Antique Oak Welsh Harness Cupboard / Wardrobe.
This substantial piece of antique furniture dates from the Regency period, circa 1820. Made from oak it was originally built as a harness cupboard but would be more suited as a wardrobe in today’s home. It has a moulded cornice above a deep flamed mahogany frieze flanked by decorative concentric circles. The two cupboard doors are beautifully figured and have arched mouldings with key and working lock. The doors are framed by delightfully turned spiral columns. The interior of the cupboard contains two rails of hanging pegs, ideal for coat hangers! The lower section has two faux drawers over two graduating full width drawers, all with cock beading and oval brass handles. This wonderful piece stands on shaped bracket feet and splits into two sections, aiding removal. It is a lovely example of a piece made of pegged construction having benefitted from small amounts of restoration work that have only enhanced its beauty enabling it to be enjoyed and used for generations to come. It is an extremely clean and tidy piece that displays wonderfully figured oak that has aged to a rich warm shade.
17th Century Period Oak Antique Harness Cupboard
Constructed in the late 1600’s this period oak antique harness cupboard is a super example of its type. It has a moulded cornice above an unusual half round frieze with Regency geometric moulded edge. The two cupboard doors have raised fielded panels and key with working lock along with the original iron ‘H’ hinges. The interior of the cupboard is very clean and still retains a majority of the original pegs, the remainder being very early replacements. The original oak back boards and base boards are clearly visible. The base contains two oak lined drawers with moulded edges and replacement turned handles. This very attractive cupboard has panelled sides and is of early pegged construction. Its early origins inevitably mean it is full of charm and character as one would expect with a piece well exceeding 300 years in age.
This delightful period oak antique harness cupboard dates from around 1760. It has a moulded cornice with decorative edge above two beautifully figured oak doors with shaped moulding and key with working lock. The interior of the cupboard contains some of the original hanging pegs along with a later hanging rail. The base contains three faux drawers above a two over one working drawer configuration. The drawer fronts are cock beaded and the sides of the piece are panelled and have quarter column reeded corners. The cupboard is of traditional peg construction and full of the charm and character expected in a true antique.
Period Oak Early Eighteenth Century Antique Harness Cupboard
This delightful period oak antique harness cupboard dates from around 1720. It has a small moulded cornice above a beautifully decorated carved frieze in a leaf and berry design. The two cupboard doors have raised fielded panels and the original H hinges. The interior of the cupboard contains the majority of the original hanging hooks. The base contains two oak lined drawers with moulded edges and stands on raised feet. The cupboard is of traditional peg construction and has panelled sides it would make an ideal hall cupboard. This wonderful piece is full of the charm and character expected in a true antique and is constructed from the finest English solid oak
James the furniture is beautiful!!!! Paul
HiEverything has arrived safely and items are fab, thank you. The two chaps placed the cabinet upstairs without any trouble. Thanks again Pamela
- Simon Knight,
I reasonately purchased an Edwardian mahogany sheet music cabinet from James and have to say it is even better than the photographs. I have asked him to find a console table which will blend with the cabinet and feel confident that in time the right piece will be found.