An antique Harness cupboard, also known as a Livery cupboard, was originally used for holding and storing horse and harnesses equipment. Antique harness cupboards usually have wooden pegs in the top section for hanging and drawers below. They are very useful pieces of antique furniture and they are still used today as kitchen cupboards or hall cupboards, ideal for hanging coats and storing away shoes. As they were built mainly in the 17th and 18th century, they are quite primitive in their construction, made from solid Oak, with traditional wood pegged dowels and old clout nails. Antique harness cupboard fittings are usually made from Iron, with H hinges and rustic handles. These very attractive cupboards are constructed from the finest English solid oak and because of their early origins, this inevitably mean they are full of charm and character as one would expect with a piece well exceeding 200 years in age, 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 pieces that would compliment perfectly and we also have a few examples below.
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 and 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi James,Just letting you know that the cabinet arrived safe and soundly, and is absolutely fantastic. Thank you so very much for being so accommodating and kind, I really appreciate it. Hopefully once I have finished my Masters I will be cashed up again and will definitely visit your website.Kind regards,Stewart
Sorry it has taken me so long to let you know that our chiffonier arrived and we love it!It is the first time that we bought an antique online and we’d like to thank you for making it such a great experience.Best,Ellen
- Victorian Walnut Antique Display Cabinet,
Hi James,The display cabinet arrived this morning on schedule. It really is a beautiful piece with a warm, burnished walnut glow. It could easily stand empty as a very attractive object, but I have spent the morning happily filling it up to make it a cabinet of curiosities. I am so delighted with it. Thank you for all your help in getting this unique piece to me safely.Kind regards,Sonia