An antique dresser is a very nice feature piece within the home, it is stylish and can add character to the chosen room. Originally used to display tableware in the homes of the gentry, dressers have become over the years an essential addition to a well-equipped kitchen. Used for the storage of tableware, cutlery, napkins and crockery. The combination of shelves to display things and storage within the cupboards means an antique dresser would also look nice placed in a living room, with cookbooks, vases and ornaments on display.
There are many types of dresser all thought to have originated from the low boy, a short table with two tiers of drawers, used as a side-table it evolved over the years with the gradual addition of drawers and height. Also from the low boy dressing tables evolved with mirrors and matching chairs. The antique dresser originated in the 18th C, its features included display shelves on the top, sometimes enclosed by glass panelled doors but also open, these shelves may have had lights installed behind them or a mirror fitted to further display wares. By the 19th C dressers had moved away from being an item of furniture only the upper class wealthy owned and became a feature for the less well off, gradually they appeared in more and more rural homes.
There are many styles of antique dressers, from more utilitarian styles to finer examples such as a lovely mahogany dresser with cross banding. Dressers can have strong regional characteristics; antique dressers from Wales and North England tend to generally have panelled backs, though some will have open backs in the upper section so the wall against which it is placed is visible.
An antique oak dresser is an extremely practical piece with a large amount of storage; it is a very useful feature. There are two categories of dressers- dressers and racks and dresser bases. A dresser with racks will allow you to display kitchen paraphernalia and china. An oak dresser base is very versatile and can be placed in a variety of spaces, attractive in either a dining or drawing room. An oak dresser is also more rustic, not as formal as a rosewood or mahogany dresser. An oak cupboard base dresser has the largest storage space; the cabinetry is also more complicated and therefore more valuable.
Other dressers of note are pot board dressers, again more rustic and less expensive, straight leg dressers offer a simplistic design as does an Arts and Crafts style dresser, which is suitable for those who would like a strong piece of furniture without any fuss.
It is also possible to pick up some elegant cabriole leg dressers and French dressers. Alongside this there are a large variety of antique Victorian dressers, farmhouse dressers, Georgian dressers and pine dressers on the market.
A particularly nice antique dresser is the Welsh dresser with a 3 tier boarded plate rack, it is a classic piece that benefits from both the display cabinet and sideboard.
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Large and impressive English Oak dresser full of character and architectural features, dating from the early 1800s. This style of oak dresser with Mahogany cross banding originated in North West ...
Offered for sale is this solid oak barley twist dresser - TRD
This is a large Edwardian antique mahogany mirrored back dresser sideboard with cupboard base and decorative inlay throughout.
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Here we have an Antique 19th Century antique Anglo Indian hardwood dresser
· The top with 3 shelves above a pair of cupboards and void
· The base with 2 drawers ...
This is a superb late 18th Century French Provincial walnut dresser featuring an elegant canopy three shelf plate rack above three drawers and a large shelved cupboard. Demonstrating a rich ...
A very rare dresser by Augustus Pugin. A fantastic unusual item, in good condition. Very solid and heavy, all joined together with wedges. Gothic style. Great carvings. Consisting of 2 ...
Here we have a Antique farmhouse pine kitchen - Welsh dresser
· Plate rack with cup hooks
· 2 drawers with fine hand cut dovetail joints
· 2 panel doors opening to single ...
Here we have a Golden oak art nouveau dresser
· Large 2 shelf plate rack
· Base having 2 drawers and 2 cupboard doors
· Drawers with carved bow fronts and ...
A fine Dressing Table, made from Walnut with Burr Walnut. The 3 mirrors are in perfect order and each move independently. The central one has a ratchet behind to adjust ...
This is an elegant 18th Century George III antique oak North country dresser with rack.
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A very good quality 18th Century oak dresser, the top having a three quarter gallery with a pierced frieze above a selection of seven graduated oak lined drawers with brass ...
Victorian Batchelor’s or Garret Bookcase Chest of Drawers
This is a very rare piece, at the bottom there is a chest of drawers, and on top of this an open ...
A Good Georgian Serving Dresser in Oak, six drawers and a central cupboard, it has a pleasing arrangement of four reeded flat columns across the front and a double fielded ...
This is a small early 19th Century antique oak rack back cottage dresser with two drawer base.
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This is an old English pine glazed dresser with elaborate details to the cupboard doors, plinth and sides. Two attractive glazed cupboard doors over two large, deep, drawers and a ...
This is a good coloured mid Wales dresser pot board dresser from the llandeilo area. Original rack over 3 drawers with silhouette legs and pot board. Good condition and patination.
This is a late 18th Century antique pine pot board dresser of an unusual form. It has turned front legs with slatted ends. It has 3 drawers a two cupboards ...
A good Georgian oak dresser with original plate rack. The dresser base with four central drawers, with a cupboard and drawer to either side. The dresser is in good condition, ...
In original condition a Welsh oak full potboard dresser from South Wales. Having 3 drawers over turned legs with a potboard under. The rack with its original backboards.
Offered for sale is this 19th Century French antique painted vaisselier dresser.
Good small size 18th Century George III antique oak dresser and rack. The dresser base with drawers up the middle with cupboards at either side and standing on its original ...
The dresser stands on square back legs and round turned front bun feet supporting the main section where there are two tall thin doors either side of two slightly break ...
This is a Gustavian inspired Welsh dresser painted in unique Swedish style. The layered greys, white and blue painted is dry scraped to create distressed finish.
A small old pine dresser, made for a cottage with low ceilings. Dating from about c.1915, in excellent solid condition. Recently stripped of its original paint, exposing a very clean ...
This is an Edwardian antique mahogany dresser with fine inlay decoration this is a faithful copy of a dresser dating to the mid-Georgian period of antique furniture. It has an ...
A quality oak 18th Century dresser with fretted frieze to the top, reeded and cantered corners to the base, with a central fielded panel cupboard. In good condition with excellent ...
Absolutely gorgeous French dresser with two cupboards on top of plate racking. This piece is in totally original condition having been procured from a French farmhouse. This piece ...
Georgian style oak dresser. Early 20th Century oak dresser with mirrored recess and shelves with glazed doors, the base with arrangement of three small drawers over three long drawers flanked ...
Good original condition 18th century oak dresser and rack. The base with four drawers up the middle with cupboards on either side standing on its original bracket feet. The drawers ...
Beautiful solid Pine Arts and Crafts kitchen dresser. Two glazed four pane doors (2 panes replaced) with butterfly hinges, three adjustable shelves and ring pull handles which keep the doors ...
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