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Welsh mahogany bookcase, the top section with a bold cornice above a pair of glazed doors with an arched design favoured in the region, enclosing adjustable shelves.
The base section has a fitted secretaire drawer with inset leather writing surface, over a pair of arched doors raised on turned legs.
A hidden drawer (in the form of a church offertory box) bears the pencil
ins
cription of the maker:

Carmarthen Febry 1836
Made by J Gomer Davies
Cabinet Maker
at Wm Isaac Davies "

The firm of Isaac Davies was a prolific furniture producer trading from Priory Street and King Street in Carmarthen from 1815.
Four other pieces by this firm see "Welsh Furniture 1250-1950" Chapter Six, where Fig 1174 shows a similar but less presitgious version in deal which originally had simulated mahogany graining.

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ANTIQUE WELSH MAHOGANY
BUREAU BOOKCASE
Made by J Gomer Davies in 1836


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