An extremely rare pair of Regency Period mahogany cutlery stands by J.W. Heatherington of Lancaster. Each with a central pierced carrying handle, one with an open compartment for storing cutlery and condiments etc, the other with two hinged lidded compartments one of which is detachable, both having bowed ends. Raised on elegant turned tapering supports terminating in brass cup castor's circa 1820-1830
See Susan Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, p 248, plate B23, where there is a suggestion that Hetherington could have at some point been an apprentice or journeyman for Gillows, interestingly a cutlery stand of similar design, but with baluster turned rail is illustrated in the Gillows' Estimate Sketch Book, dated 25 July 1794.
Jonathan Hetherington of Kirkgate, Cockermouth, Cumbria is listed as cabinet-maker and joiner for the period 1828-29, see G.Beard & C.Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, p 424.
Condition: This pair of stands are in excellent original condition, fully cleaned and waxed
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