Oak bench or window seat, the top a single board with moulded edge. To each end an applied, arched and reeded moulding over a plain frieze. Stands upon ring turned tapered legs.
Bears label: From Matthew Rose & Sons, Hackney N.E. (London)
English, circa 1900
Matthew Rose & Sons began as a draper's shop at 335 Mare Street, Hackney, in London. By 1868 the business had expanded to become a department store selling furniture and household goods, occupying 347-357 Mare Street and 2-18 Amhurst Road and by 1900 the company was the leading department store in Hackney which was a vibrant and fashionable shopping area at this time. The business continued to trade until 1936 when it was taken over by Marks & Spencer.
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