Category: Campaign Furniture
Subcategory: Other Furniture
A walnut 3 shelf Buffet by Maple & Co., made to disassemble.
The design of this buffet is similar to others we have seen in that the uprights simply screw into each, separating the shelves. The maker's brass oval label is to the back of the buffet and notes their name as well as London, Buenos Aires and Paris. Maples were one of the major London furniture retailers at the end of the 19th century with a shop at 149 Tottenham Court Road. Given the size of their business they naturally had a department of Officer's Camp Furniture and Portable Beds. Much of their stock was similar to the furniture that could be purchased from the specialist London makers of campaign furniture and it is possible one of them wholesaled to Maples.
The company had a good reputation and counted royalty and the aristocracy amongst their customers. Late 19th Century.