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Mouseman and Yorkshire Critters

number of items = 33

Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson 1930s Large Stool / Occasional Table

Circa Early 1930s
An excellent example of a rare, large and early made oak Three Legged Cow Stool or Occasional Table from the KIliburn workshops of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. Features a large kidney / palette shaped 2" thick single piece top, specifically selected for its rare and characterful finely feathered burr graining. It's adzed to both sides in line with the very earliest craftsmanship, prioir to Robert Thompson's purchase of a planing machine in the later 1930s. The top is relatively flat and not dished like the later made and smaller cow / calf stools, making it ideal for use as an occasional or side / lamp table. Supported on three strong and sturdy octagonally carved and fully adzed splayed legs, wedge jointed through the top with a lovely typical early mouse carving to one leg.
Excellent condition and deep aged colour, the top with expected minor age related wood splits (not deep into the 2" thick top) with a small shallow area of surface scratching loss on the edge of the top which is shown clearly in many of the images in the gallery below. It's also shown next to a 1970s made 18" cow stool so that clients can see the size and scale of the piece, which we are advised originates from an estate in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Size: 49(w) x 41(d) x 47(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3217

Price - £POA

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Early Oak Chest of Drawers

Circa 1940s
A superb example of the sought after early Robert Mouseman Thompson Oak Chest of Drawers featuring 2 short over 3 long graduated drawers. Adzed all over including the panels, excellent structural condition and deep rich aged colour.
Size: 91(w) x 49(d) x 93(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3216

Price - £5250

 
 
Lyndon ‛Catandmouseman’ Hammell Oak Shelf

Circa early 1980s
An excellent oak shelf from ex mouseman carftsman Lyndon 'Catandmouseman' Hammell of Harmby, Nr Leyburn. Originally bespoke commissioned as a mantel shelf fitted to the top of a fire surround. At 5'9 1/2" in length and over 6" deep it is also ideal as a bookshelf or display shelf. Adzed to the front edge and top surface with Lyndon's trademark carved cat with a mouse in its mouth it presents in a medium fumed rich medium oak colour. It's complete with its original wooden screw hole plugs which can be seen in the image gallery below. Lyndon sadly passed away in March 2015.
Size: 176.5(w) x 16(d) x 4.5(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3215

Price - £RESERVED

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Oak Firescreen

Circa 1980s
A superb example of the modern panelled oak Firescreen from the Kilburn workshops of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson, standing on twin sledge feet with a large very nicely defined mouse carved to the top edge.
Superb condition and warm honey oak colour.
Size: 52(w) x 23(d) x 76(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3214

Price - £945

 
 
Robert ‛Mouseman’ Thompson 9 1/2” Early Oak Fruitbowl

Circa 1930s/40s
A superb deep chestnut brown coloured and nicely patinated earlier made example of the highly popular adzed oak Mouseman Fruitbowl, characterised by the mouse carving to the exterior and the smaller diameter than is found on post 1960 made fruitbowls. No faults or repairs.
Size: 24(dia) x 6.5(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3184

Price - £POA

 
 
Robert Thompson ‘Mouseman’ Vintage Oak Bookends

Circa 1950s
A wonderful pair of subtly adzed vintage Mouseman bookends with excellent naturally aged rich colour and patina with large well carved angled mice, typical of the period.Wonderful condition, just very slight rounding to the lower front corner on one bookend, shown in the image gallery below.
Size: 10(w) x 10(d) x 15.5(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3183

Price - £495

 
 
Robert ‛Mouseman’ Thompson Oak 12” Breadboard

Circa 1970s
A wonderfully rich coloured, adzed and waxed 12" Robert Mouseman Thompson Oak Breadboard with trademark signature mouse carved to one tooled edge. Very minor edge marks, no knife cuts to the board.
Size: 30.3(w) x 25(d) x2(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3181

Price - £180

 
 
Robert ‛Mouseman’ Thompson Bespoke Monks Head Bookends

Circa late 1940s/50s
A very rare find, a bespoke commissioned pair of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Oak Bookends featuring intricately carved monks heads, one with a mouse carved to the side of the face, looking as though it's brought a rye smile to the monks face. Very dry and dull on acquisition they have cleaned and wax polished beautifully with a wonderful depth of colour and patina. Believed to have been bespoke made originally for an Archdeacon and discovered amongst the contents of a house clearance in Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Size: 10(w) x 10(d) x 14.5(h)cm each.
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3180

Price - £RESERVED

 
 
Peter ‘Rabbitman’ Heap Oak Ashtray

Circa 1970s/80s
An excellent example of the relatively rare Ashtray from ex mouseman craftsman Peter 'Rabbitman' Heap. Of typical adzed / tooled form with a large trademark rabbit carved centrally to the rear of the ash bowl. This particular example appears to be unused as an ashtray and presents in wonderful condition with very distinctive graining to the oak.
Size: 10.2(w) x 8.2(d) x 4(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3134

Price - £POA

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Oak Trinket Box

A superb example of the highly popular oak Trinket Box from the Kilburn workshops of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. Adzed and tooled inside and out with a large and well defined mouse sitting proudly to the centre of the box lid. Excellent condition with a rich medium colour.
Size: 19(w) x 11.4(w) x 8.8(h excl mouse), 11(h incl mouse)
Seller: David Siddall Antiques

Price - £385

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Oak Pen Tray

An excellent oak Robert Mouseman Thompson Pen Tray with castellated penny moulding to the outer edge, two pin trays and large pen/pencil holder, well defined mouse carved in high profile to the top centre. It presents in excellent condition with a rich colour following a clean and rewax.
Size: 30.5(l) x 12(d) x 5.5(h)cm. Note: current new examples are smaller at 29(l) x 11.5(d).
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3132

Price - £525

 
 
Peter ‘Rabbitman’ Heap Oak Table Lamp

Circa 1970s/80s
A wonderful example of a rare to market Table Lamp from the ex mouseman craftsman Peter 'Rabbitman' Heap of Wetwang, near Driffield. Adzed all over, standing on a square base with inserted irregular and a new antiqued brass bulb holder with integral on / off switch. Peter's trademark rabbit is carved in high relief to one side. In full working order with new 3 core period braided wiring, plug and 3 amp fuse.
Super condition and colour, a tiny old filled chip to a top corner edge which is well blended and shown in the image gallery below.
Size: 11.2(w) x 11.2(d) x 26(h, excl brass fitting)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3131
THIS ITEM IS CURRENTLY RESERVED

Price - £Reserved

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Craftsman’s Early Oak Clock

Circa 1930s
A superb rare oak Mantel Clock from the Kilburn workshop of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson inset with a 1920s /early 30s Smiths car clock with a hand wound 8 day mechanical movement.
It's been forbidden for many years, but Robert allowed his craftsmen to make items for themselves, family members and friends in 'out of hours' time, carved with their own individual mouse signatures. Whilst we can't be certain as we've no historical provenance, like many of the very early mouseman pieces made, it is likely this is one such piece. Beautifully carved from a solid block of oak with carved oak leaves and acorns to either side of the clock, distinctive adzed tooling to all visible surfaces and a very finely carved mouse signature sitting prominenly on the centre top of the clock. It presents in the wonderfully rich, deep aged colour and patina that is seen on early Mouseman pieces.
We've discarded a non original, badly fitted and non working battery clock movement that a previous owner had fitted, replacing it with the correct period wind up car clock that most early mouseman mantel clocks were routinely fitted with when made. These clocks were produced by S Smith & Sons and were very poular aftermarket fitments in Austin, Morris, MG and other cars produced in the late 20s and early 30s. An example of this clock design is on display at the V&A Museum, London. The clock is protected and fitted into a cased bowl, hinged to the front and allowing opening to the winder, hand adjuster and fast / slow time regulator. Nickel plated, the surround is 10.5cm dia, the bezel 9cm dia. and the metal dial is silvered with black arabic numerals. The movement is a spring wound, lever escarpment. The dial is marked P 554038 together with the Smiths trademark and address and the inner bowl still retains it's original paper label with instructions for winding and time adjustment. It's taken us some time to secure a clock in such excellent original condition, it has also been fully serviced and lubricated by our Horologist so is in full working order. Spare mechanical parts are also included for possible future use if ever required.
See lot 1652, Tennants catalogue sale Nov 2009 for a Mouseman clock inset with a Smiths car clock and with the same craftsman's mouse carving.
Size: 23.3(w) x 7(d) x 14.5(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3130

Price - £POA

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Oak 3’ Coffee Table

Circa 1970s
An excellent example of the highly popular 3' refectory style coffee table from the Kilburn workshops of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. The adzed single plank top supported on two carved baluster legs with sledge feet, joined by a stretcher. A large well defined mouse is carvedin high relief to one of the legs. Cleaned and rewaxed in our workshop it presents in wonderful condition with a deep rich depth of colour with no losses or repairs.
Size: 91(w) x 37(d) x 45(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3103

Price - £795

 
 
Derek ‘Lizardman’ Slater Oak Nest of 3 Tables

1996
A wonderful bespoke commissioned adzed oak nest of 3 tables which feature burr oak inlays to each of the table tops. Marked with Dereks distinctive lizard carving and presented in superb condition and medium oak colour together with the original sales invoice.
Size largest: 61(w) x 35.5(d) x 43 (h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3102

Price - £POA

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson 18” Oak Cow Stool

Circa 1970s
A wonderful example of the popular 3 legged Cow Stool from the Kilburn workshops of Robert Mouseman Thompson. Of typical form with a kidney shaped seat supported by three octagonally carved and tapering legs, the wedged leg joints visible through the top of the seat. A trademark mouse carved in high relief to the centre edge of the shaped and subtly adzed seat. Originally purchased as one of a pair, made by the same craftsman.
Excellent condition with solid leg joints and a rich warm colour, just the slightest minor usage nicks to the seat top, too small to be visible on the images below.
Size: 42.7(w) x 35.5(d) x 45.5(h)cm, seat 36.5(w x 28(d)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3101

Price - £390

 
 
Robert ‘Kingpost’ Ingham Set of 3 Oak Double Wall Lights

Circa 1950s
A rarely seen set of 3 oak double wall lights from the workshops of Robert 'Kingpost' Ingham who traded from Burton Leonard near Harrogate until the late 1950s, before retiring and selling most of the assets of the business to Alan Grainger to found Acorn Industries. Complete with Roberts trademark kingpost beam carving, plastic bulb holders, decorative dripping candle covers, individual on/off buttons and brass hanging brackets to the rear. Believed to be in working order on removal from the wall and our acquision from a private estate. The oak cleaned and re-waxed.
Size: 27(w) x 16(d) x 15.3(h)cm each
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3100

Price - £210

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Oak Ashtray

Circa late 1970s/early 80s
An excellent example of a Robert Mouseman Thompson oak Ashtray from this period, presented with no faults.
Size: 10(l) x 7.5(w) x 3.5(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3056

Price - £95

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Oak Early 12” Breadboard

Circa 1930s
A beautiful aged and richly coloured and patinated early breadboard from the Kilburn workshops of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. Whilst of the same overall size as currently made breadboard the early made examples feature adzing to both top and underside, a considerably larger upper board surface area and are carved from a thicker block of solid oak. Lovely detailed early mouse carving to one faceted edge. Used as a display piece for most of its life there is very little marking to the board itself and just a small minor chip loss where the lower corner section has rubbed against it's display stand.
Size: 30.5(w) x 25(d) x 2.5(h)cm
Please contact us to discuss pricing.
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3055

 
 
Ex Mouseman Craftsman’s Oak Pen Tray

Circa late 1970s/ early 1980s
An unusually rare opportunity for collectors of the Yorkshire Critters work to acquire what is believed to be a one off oak Pen Tray made by former mouseman craftsman Brian Bowes for family relations, featuring a salmon /trout carving that he was experimenting with at the time as his own 'Critter' carving. A small number of other pieces made by Brian are known to have this carved signature either in high relief or incised,most remaining in close family and friends ownership.
We believe Brian joined Robert Thompson's as an apprentice straight from school in the late 60s, working with them until the mid 1980s, when he left to take over a family owned joinery business.
The Pen Tray is of typical mouseman style with the penny moulded castellated edge, large pen tray and two smaller pin trays. Wonderful condition and colour. Privately acquired.
Size: 30.4(w) x 11(d) x 6(h)cm
Please contact us for pricing
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3054

 
 
Ex Mouseman Craftsman’s 10” Carved Oak Wall Plaque

Circa 1970s / early 80s
An unusually rare opportunity for collectors of the Yorkshire Critters work to acquire what is believed to be a one off 10" oak wall plaque carved with a bird of prey, made by former mouseman craftsman Brian Bowes for personal family relations.
The plaque is carved from a solid block of oak and the high relief carving is wonderfully detailed and posed, and adzed and tooled in typical mouseman style. Darker fumed this piece is devoloping a warm nutty brown colour. Privately acquired together with a lighter fumed carved cart horse wall plaque from the same ownership.
We believe Brian joined Robert Thompson's as an apprentice straight from school in the late 60s, working with them until the mid 1980s, when he left to take over a family owned joinery business.
Size: 25.5(dia) x 4(d)cm
Please contact us for pricing
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3053

 
 
Ex Mouseman Craftsman’s 10” Carved Oak Wall Plaque

Circa 1970s / early 80s
An unusually rare opportunity for collectors of the Yorkshire Critters work to acquire what is believed to be a one off 10" oak wall plaque carved with a cart horse, made by former mouseman craftsman Brian Bowes for personal family relations.
The plaque is carved from a solid block of oak and the high relief carving is wonderfully detailed and observed, the horses pose being identical to that used by Stan Dodds on his mouseman horse carvings. Adzed and tooled in typical mouseman style. Medium fumed this piece is devoloping a rich warm honey colour. Privately acquired together with a darker fumed carved bird of prey wall plaque from the same ownership.
We believe Brian joined Robert Thompson's as an apprentice straight from school in the late 60s, working with them until the mid 1980s, when he left to take over a family owned joinery business.
Size: 25.5(dia) x 4(d)cm
Please contact us for pricing
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3052

 
 
Thomas ‘Gnomeman’ Whittaker Oak Writing Bureau

1986
Privately acquired from the original owners family together with several other Gnomeman and Rabbitman pieces.
A rare to find piece from Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker, made in the last few years of his life. Adzed all over and features shaped trestle sides joined by a pegged stretcher with a fall front which has a carved tudor / yorkshire rose inset into the front supported by two pull out lopers. Inset leather writing desk and storage compartments internally, two drawers below. Exceptionally clean and well looked after. Marked in typical fashion with Thomas Whittakers trademark gnome carving.
Complete with the original order acknowledgement letter from Littlebeck Craftsmen.
Size: 91.5(w) x 52(d)cm x 112(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3010

Price - £1095

 
 
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Oak Tea Tray

Circa 1950s
An excellent example of the sought after earlier made rectangular solid oak Tea Tray from Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. Adzed to all visible surfaces with two very finely carved mice handles to the side edges. Darker fumed from new it presents with a wonderful natural rich chestnut brown colour, free from damage or staining.
Size: 56(w) x 35.5(d) x 2.2(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3009

Price - £490

 
 
Robert Thompson ‘Mouseman’ Oak 4’6” Octagonal Dining Set

1994
A pristine 'as new' example of the popular 4'6" Mouseman Octagonal Dining Table, complete with 4 Lattice Backed Dining Chairs. Acquired directly from the original local owners who purchased it new in 1994 and have clearly always treated it with the utmost care. The table is of typical octagonal 5 plank form with an adzed top, supported by a cruciform pedestal base and 4 feet, a signature mouse carved in high relief onto one leg. We have unscrewed the top from the base to make it easier to get the piece through doorways etc. Complete with four of the highly popular carved lattice backed dining chairs, all with their original butterscotch cow hide seats which are in superb condition with matching signature mice in high relief on the chair legs. The set would currently cost £ 7,320 to buy new from Robert Thompson's and involve a lengthy lead time.
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3008

Price - £5495

 
 
Robert Thompson 'Mouseman' Oak Wing Mirror

Circa 1980s
A pristine example of a Robert Mouseman Thompson Wing Mirror which features an arched central miorror with two hinged rectangular mirrors to either side, traditional penny moulded carving to the tops and bevelled glass. Panelled to the rear. The trademark mouse is carved prominently to the left side of the central arch.
Size: 119(w) x 2.5(d) x 79.5(h) cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3006

Price - £1250

 
 
Don Craven ‘Foxman’ Oak Spinning Chair

Circa 1960s/early 70s
An excellent medium fumed oak spinning chair from the workshops of the ex mouseman craftsman and original Foxman, Don Craven. It features a beatifully detailed handcarved back splat with guilloche circular banding inset with flower heads and leaf forms. The shaped adzed seat is supported on octagonally carved splayed legs supported by cross stretchers. Don's signature seated fox is carved to the lower section of one front leg. It presents in superb condition with no loose joints or signs of damage or repair.
Size: 40(w) x 51(d) x 84.5(h) cm overall. Seat height 39cm.
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 2970

Price - £325

 
 
Robert Thompson ‘Mouseman’ Early Burr Oak Sideboard

An excellent example of an early Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Burr Oak Panelled Sideboard. Adzed all over in line with early craftsmanship and featuring a rear upstand, two short over three long drawers, flanked either side by two full height burr oak panelled cupboards each with wrought iron fittings and two fixed shelves within. Burr oak panels to the sides and a wonderfully executed trademark mouse carved in high relief to the front left canted corner.
The sideboard presents in excellent condition following a sympathetic clean and re-wax in our workshop. The top is now clean of any staining or ring marks, the drawers and cupboards are generally very clean with just the expected light usage marking of a Mouseman piece this age. The clean and re-wax has really brought up the rich aged colour and graining pattern and texture of the burr oak. Dated 1937.
A known piece, recorded in Robert Thompson's order book and ledgers volume G, page 225 Feb 1937 H Preston, Burnley, 5'4" long sideboard £ 20.
Size: 160(w) x 49(d) x 93.5(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 2955

Price - £8495 -
Sale - £6995

 
 
Robert Thompson ‘Mouseman’ Vintage Oak Bookends

Circa 1950s/early 60s

A wonderful pair of subtly adzed vintage Mouseman bookends with excellent naturally aged rich colour and patina with large well carved angled mice, typical of the period.Wonderful condition, just very slight rounding to the lower front corner on one bookend, shown in the image gallery below.

Size: 10(w) x 10(d) x 15.5(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 2935

Price - £575

 
 
Robert Thompson ‘Mouseman’ 4’6” Oak Blanket Box

Circa 1980

A superb example of the popular Mouseman Blanket / Storage Chest with adzed top and panelled front, sides and rear with a mouse carved in high relief to a front leg. Wonderful colour and waxed condition free from any staining or ring marks, the interior is immaculate. There is just a very tiny splinter to the centre edge of one of the cleated end sections where it meets the two jointed top planks, shown in the image gallery below. Privately sourced.

Size: 137(w) x 39.5(d) x 46(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 2934

Price - £1890 -
Sale - £1750

 
 
Robert Thompson ‘Mouseman’ Oak 4’6” Octagonal Dining Table and 4 Lattice Back Dining Chairs 1994

A pristine 'as new' example of the popular 4'6" Mouseman Octagonal Dining Table, complete with 4 Lattice Backed Dining Chairs. Acquired directly from the original local owners who purchased it new in 1994 and have clearly always treated it with the utmost care. The table is of typical octagonal 5 plank form with an adzed top, supported by a cruciform pedestal base and 4 feet, a signature mouse carved in high relief onto one leg. We have unscrewed the top from the base to make it easier to get the piece through doorways etc. Complete with four of the highly popular carved lattice backed dining chairs, all with their original butterscotch cow hide seats which are in superb condition with matching signature mice in high relief on the chair legs. The set would currently cost £ 6,920 to buy new from Robert Thompson's and involve a lengthy lead time.
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 2913

Price - £5495

 
 
Robert Thompson ‘Mouseman’ Pair of Oak Hall Settles 1953

A superb pair of bespoke Robert Mouseman Thompson oak hall settles, extensively adzed to all outer facing surfaces in line with early manufacture with large mice exquisitely carved to the traditionally upturned arms. One inscribed 'Honour the Queen' the other 'Fear God', both dated 1953. In the same ownership from new until their decease last year.

Exceptional condition and deep rich aged honey colour.

Offered for sale on behalf of the current owner.

Size: 84(w) x 47(d) x 106.5(h) each

Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 2878

Price - £5750 ono -
Sale - £4750

 
 
Wilf ‘Squirrelman’ Hutchinson Rare Early Cheeseboard

Circa late 1950s / early 60s
A rare, early and highly unusual Cheeseboard from former mouseman craftsman Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson of Husthwaite, near Thirk. Carved from a solid block of 2 1/2 inch oak it features unusual twin carved squirrels carved directly onto the board and a very high arched handle. The Cheeseboard presents with a wonderful waxed and naturally aged oak patina and the knife marks on the board evidence usage as intended. Not surprisingly there are also minor old nibbles to the fragile ears of the carved squirrels which can be seen in the image gallery below.
Trevor Hutchinson, Wilf's son who now runs Squirrel Furniture has seen the piece and confirms it's rarity and early manufacture. Certainly we've only seen one previously which we didn't buy as the board and carvings were in poor condition and badly worn.
Size: 35(l) x 17.5(w) x 6(h)cm
Seller: David Siddall Antiques
W 3011

Price - £ - SOLD

 
 


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