Antique Oak Furniture

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The History of Antique Oak Furniture

Antique Oak Furniture can range from pale limed oak, light golden or to very dark in colour. Oak is a hard, solid wood, is very versatile, durable and therefore was favourable with cabinet makers. This wood was one of the first timbers to be used in Britain as it was locally sourced and can be seen on many early primitive pieces of furniture, but was widely used throughout the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods. Early Oak used before the mid 17th century was often solid, dense and very dark or plain brown in colour whereas 18th century oak seems to be lighter in shade with yellow rays more visible in the grain. Oak was also not just used for finished pieces, it was also used drawer linings to carcasses as it was such a solid and durable timber. The early examples can include coffers, mule chests and benches along with refectory tables. These pieces were mainly made in the 17th and 18th centuries. Then came more usable pieces, like the chest of drawers and chairs, made more often in the 19th and 20th century, especially in the Arts and Crafts movement s cabinet makers liked to be more traditional using locally sourced timbers and building furniture by hand.

Antique Oak Furniture