The good quality Victorian rectangular brass gothic revival influenced two-division umbrella or stick stand, having barrel turned brass rods with open trefoil geometric tops and clustered finials, the whole standing on a stepped rectangular oak base of fine colour, with removable part-painted zinc drip-tray.
The condition of the stand is nicely un-meddled with and thus entirely original, the drip tray has been painted to its interior in an off-white probably in the middle part of the twentieth century, otherwise it appears as it would have when created. There are a couple of replacement screws that are holding the rods in place to the frame, and some wear to the brass in places as you would expect giving a beautiful overall aged patination. The oak also has attractive wear and tear with a super colour now to the surface. We have given the wood an oil and wax and the brass a light clean but further work in this regard could be carried out if so desired.
During the middle years of the 19th Century, hall and umbrella stands were often made wholly of cast iron, extremely complicated in design, but also of mahogany and oak. As a piece of furniture it was seldom designed: it merely occurred, as we see in this example. Indeed, this example is one of the finest stands of its type we have ever come across and rather rare to find such a resplendent yet still quietly reserved gothic revival piece such as this; we can’t find a comparable stand.
Perfect for the lodge, the rural retreat, the pied-à-terre or the leafy estate. Very smart indeed.