The earliest form of Antique linen Press, was the Linen cupboard, in the Georgian era, full of lovely linen slides and constructed from the finest quality mahogany timbers. The renowned designer Chippendale made these pieces with fine features such as Ogee bracket feet and mirrored figured panelled doors. The English Regency designs are similar but unusual timbers were often used like rosewood with decorative brass embellishment.
The Victorian linen press was built in the 19th century often with more rounded corners, pilasters, turned handles, bun feet and highly French polished to that mirrored shine. The main timbers used were mahogany and striking burr walnut with fine inlay details such as sunburst or cross banding. More country examples were in pine, often with the original paint finish or English Oak. The Edwardian period introduced more elaborate designs with scrolled pediments and carved motifs but offered hanging versions, so making the ideal wardrobe with drawer storage below.
Below are a few examples of previously sold linen presses, but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Quality Small Regency Mahogany Antique Linen Press. Dating from around 1820 in the Regency period this antique mahogany linen press has unusually small but practical proportions. It has a moulded cornice above a beautifully figured frieze with reeded lower edge. The two doors are made from delightfully figured flamed mahogany with moulded edges and have a brass slam strip and key with working lock. Once opened they reveal four oak lined sliding linen trays. The lower section has two over two graduating cock beaded oak lined drawers with decorative Victorian brass handles. This wonderful quality press stands on four turned bun feet and still owns its original back boards. It also splits into two sections for ease of removal.
Superb Quality Regency Mahogany Antique Linen Press. This stunning Regency mahogany antique linen press dates from around 1810 and is of the finest quality. It has a moulded cornice above two beautifully figured doors with cross banding, reeded edges and brass rococo key escutcheons. The interior has a hanging rail and three removable sliding linen trays. The lower section of the antique linen press has two over two graduating, oak lined, cock beaded drawers with reeded moulding and brass handles.
Fine Regency Mahogany Antique Linen Press. This simple but stylish antique mahogany linen press dates from around 1830 and is a lovely example of a true Regency period piece. It has an unusual decorative arched cornice above two cupboard doors benefitting from a brass clash mould, figured panels, moulded edges and key with working lock. The interior has three sliding oak lined linen trays along with a single fixed shelf. The lower section has a two over two drawer configuration, the drawers being oak lined, displaying cock beading along with lovely decorative brass lion head handles.
Quality Georgian Mahogany Antique Press with Drawers. This antique Georgian mahogany linen press with drawers dates from around 1800 and is of super quality. The rectangular moulded top sits above an unusual three over two drawer configuration. Each drawer is partially lined with yew (an extremely expensive wood at the time), has a moulded edged front and is finished with a decorative brass handle. The lower section comprises of two beautifully figured cupboard doors with unusual locking catch, brass clash mould and brass handles. The interior contains four sliding linen trays and the piece stands on a plain plinth and still owns its original back boards. This delightful antique cupboard is in the style and quality of a Gillow’s piece and is a rich medium shade of mahogany with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Dating from around 1800 this beautiful Regency antique linen press is made from mahogany and is of superb quality. It has a moulded cornice above two delightfully figured flamed mahogany cupboard doors with key and working lock. The interior contains five sliding linen trays along with a later brass hanging rail so the piece can be used either as a wardrobe or for storing pressed linens! The lower section has a two over two graduating drawer configuration, all are mahogany lined and display cock beading along with the original turned handle.
Dating from around 1830 in the Regency period this beautiful quality hanging linen press is constructed from mahogany. The stepped moulded cornice sits above two delightfully figured cupboard doors with arched moulding. The interior of the cupboard has been later fitted with a brass hanging rail.
Large, Quality Mahogany, Victorian Antique Linen Press Stamped – W. Priest This stunning, large, antique mahogany linen press dates from around 1840, is of super quality and is stamped W. Priest, 1 & 2 Tudor St., Blackfriars. Priest was known as an auctioneer, retailer and appraiser between 1837-1840. His trade label can be found on furniture dating from the late Georgian to mid Victorian period. Labels from his Tudor street address suggest he traded in second hand furniture at the time rather than being an actual cabinet maker himself. This particular press has a moulded cornice above two beautifully figured cupboard doors with key and working lock. The interior has a total of five mahogany lined linen trays with interesting shaped detailing to their backs. The base is made up of two over two drawers, all being mahogany lined and having cock beading along with turned handles. One of the drawers carriers the stamp of W. Priest. This super linen press stands on a plain plinth and its substantial size splits into two sections making transportation slightly easier. The quality of timbers used and craftsmanship of its build are self evident in this piece. It also displays the character and charm only gained through age and use but this only adds to its beauty. An overall delightful antique, ideal for a home not spatially challenged.
Quality Regency Antique Mahogany Linen Press with Small Proportions. Dating from around 1820 this delightful antique mahogany linen press is of wonderful quality and has very practical small proportions. A moulded cornice sits above two beautifully figured cupboard doors which have a key with working lock along with moulded edges. The interior has two oak lined sliding linen trays above a removable shelf and two small drawers with brass swan neck handles, quite an unusual design for the period! The lower section has two oak lined drawers with cock beading and replacement brass handles.
Early Victorian, Rich Mahogany, Antique Linen Press
Dating from the early Victorian period, circa 1840, this antique linen press is a rich shade of mahogany. It has an unusually shaped, tapered cornice above two beautifully figured cupboard doors with moulded edges and key with working lock. The interior of the press contains a total of five sliding linen trays. The lower section boasts a two over two graduating drawer configuration with original turned handles.
Antiques world offer a fine selection of antique linen press for sale from the early Georgian, Regency, spectacular Victorian and splendid Edwardian periods in woods such as Mahogany, Walnut and Oak, all beautifully restored using traditional techniques.
The earliest form of Antique linen Press, was the Linen cupboard, in the Georgian era, full of lovely linen slides and constructed from the finest quality mahogany timbers. The renowned designer Chippendale made these pieces with fine features such as Ogee bracket feet and mirrored figured panelled doors. The English Regency designs...