England, c1815, "W. WHITEHEAD"




The octagonal “drum-form” top above a corresponding frieze with four rectangular  drawers and 4

triangular drawers, one drawer stamped "W. Whitehead", raised on a turned pedestal with four outswept

legs ending in heavy cast paw feet and casters, original iron spider, the pedestal with dovetailed mount to base,

the top tooled green leather; mahogany secondary woods (used generally in only finer furniture)


Condition: Excellent with usual nicks appropriate to age; antique replaced brasses; old well done repairs to legs


A notation in the Illustrated London News, June 27, 1851, indicated “W Whitehead, Lancaster, cabinet maker,”

declared bankruptcy on that date. A family of Whiteheads cabinetmakers was known to have worked in the

Lancaster area in the first quarter to half of the 19th century.


It is quite unusual to find a library table with 8 working drawers. 

Most often there are 4 working drawers and 4 dummy drawers.

Please note that the four triangular drawers are indeed original to the construction, and not an alteration.

Signed British Furniture at this time is also quite rare.


30.5"H x 39"W


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Regency Mahogany Drum-Form Library Table, England, c1815, signed W. Whitehead, with eight functional drawers