19th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers by Hobbs & Co.

2005-912116 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

31.5H x 48W x 22D

Location: Baton Rouge


19th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers by Hobbs & Co. was a remarkable achievement for the times, when the Industrial Revolution was changing the way consumer goods were produced.  Mahogany was imported from the Americas, and skilled craftsmen used machines and tools until that time were not used for furniture making to produce quality items that retain their value due to the fine materials available.  This example features two large and two small drawers with turned knob pulls and inset brass key guards to protect the wood.  Note the ingenious joinery just behind the drawer facades!
Alfred C. Hobbs (1812 – 1891) was born in Boston and began his career selling locks for one of America’s foremost lock manufacturers – Jones & Newell in 1840.  He traveled to London for the 1851 Great Exhibition after which he formed Hobbs & Co. The company was innovative during the Industrial Revolution by incorporating advanced machine production methods, something we take for granted these days.  Note the proud display engraved in the brass lock "Hobbs & Co, London ~ Machine Made".  LEVER refers to the lock mechanism, something with which Alfred was intimately familiar.
Circa 1870s
Measures 31.5H x 48W x 22D