Unusual Yew - Wood "Oyster" Secetaire Circa 1840

This beautiful piece of furniture has three drawers beneath a hinged work surface of Olive Green leather with Antique Gold tooling. This houses a wonderful interior. All original hardware is used throughout.  The term Oyster refers to a decorative form of veneering. The technique uses thin slices of wood branches or roots cut in cross section. The resulting circular pieces of veneer are laid side by side to produce a unique finish. The process gained its title as the pattern achieved resembles an oyster shell. Yew is our preferred material but Walnut, Olive and Laburnum are often used.

Most of our furniture can be made in Mahogany, Walnut, Burr Walnut, Pollard Oak, Rosewood, Yew Oyster and Walnut Oyster and only British hardwood is used. We stock an extensive selection of exotic veneers for special commissions.

Due to natural fluctuations in wood grain and colour the final finish may vary. Exact matches cannot be guaranteed, however our skilled polishers do achieve a very close match to customer requirements.

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  • Antique Pine
  • Black
  • Brown Mahogany
  • Burr Walnut
  • Dark Oak
  • Golden Oak
  • Honey Pine
  • Jacobean
  • Mahogany
  • Natural Mahogany
  • New Light Oak
  • New Medium Oak
  • New Rosewood
  • Plum Mahogany
  • Pollard Oak
  • Teak
  • Walnut
  • Walnut Oyster
  • Wenge
  • Yew


Reference: 711007


Width 46in (117cm)
Height 25in (64cm)
Depth 42in (107cm)