A William IV stamped' data-content='A signed piece of furniture may mean that the maker has signed (and hopefully dated) the piece in the same way that we sign a cheque, but more likely, that it bears evidence of the name of the maker, wholesaler or retailer as a paper label, metal plaque, impressed into the timber or in later pieces after about 1880, stamped onto the timber with an ink stamp.<br><br>The 'signature' or stamp will always be in an unobtrusive position: under the top of a table, on the underside of the rails of a chair, inside a drawer or on the back.<br><br>The fact that a piece is 'signed' considerably enhances its value. Signed Australian furniture is extremely rare, and for imported furniture, it is a mark of quality of the item, as only the items by the top makers or retailers were 'signed''>signed are more a selling feature, rather than a true indication of the timber's origin.'>mahogany armchair by Gillows of Lancaster, the curved leather button back above over scrolled arms with acanthus leaf decoration, above a padded seat, plain carved fall front' data-content='Furniture with a hinged flap, usually associated with desks and secretaires, that opens or 'falls' to provide a flat writing surface. The flap may be supported by chains or brass quadrants and rest on wooden supports or runners, known as lopers, that pull out from a recess in either side of the piece. The interior of a fall-front desk is usually fitted with small drawers and pigeonholes.'>front rail and raised on turned and reeded tapering legs terminating in brass castors, stamped Gillows Lancaster on, the underside of, the front rail
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