We specialise in taking tired, neglected, and often watermarked, Mouseman® items, and return them to pristine condition ready for another generation's use. Sympathetic cleaning and repolishing, whilst retaining the natural patina, will bring out the full golden beauty of the aged fumed english oak. Please contact us if you have items which are in need of some specialist cleaning and repolishing or have used items for sale.
Mouseman® Furniture - a unique brand
Mouseman solid oak furniture is of such high quality that it will not only last for a generation, but with some TLC has a potential lifetime of use for many generations. Naturally seasoned english oak is one of the most durable materials out of which to make furniture. Each piece of mouseman furniture is entirely hand-made and is the sole responsibility of one Robert Thompson's craftsman from selection of timber (only naturally seasoned english oak is used) to the final coat of wax, including the individual mouse. The final colour is achieved by the fuming process and can vary from light to dark depending on the required colour.
Each item of Mouseman furniture is both an unique work of art, as well as a good financial investment. The actual assembly of a piece of furniture also follows a centuries old tradition in that all mortise and tenon joints are doweled for strength and stability using oak dowels, which each craftman makes himself as part of the production process. What other modern day furniture can you use for a lifetimes and then has a value often in excess of its purchase price? Older items often have a resale or auction value in excess of a new item purely due to its aged beauty.
Older chairs in particular can suffer from loose joints, especially on early items which originally used horse glue. Chairs which do not have material damage are easily refurbished to a look and feel better than new. The early leather used for the seat was not water resistant, and hence can suffer from staining. New leather is treated such that it is now water resistant.
Each trademark mouse carved is the personalised signature of the Thompson craftsman who made the whole item. As such a piece of furniture can be not only identified as a genuine Mouseman Thompson, but should be able to signify the individual craftsman that created it. Genuine Mouseman items must have the exact trademark design of mouse. Furniture with carved mice that are not of the trademark design (eg a mouse with no whiskers!) are not genuine mouseman items .
Ashley Coleman-Cooke, Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire