|Who is Mr. COPE?|
In addition, during the 19th century, there were numerous design patents issued in several countries which are a matter of record, and it is common that the owner of the patent would mark his hardware accordingly.
|Undisturbed and Original from 1825|
I found it interesting that two different pieces of furniture came in for restoration at the same time, each with plate castors marked "COPE'S PATENT." I searched briefly on the web and found lots of English Regency and early Victorian furniture with the same castors, but could find no real reference to the patent or its dates.
In any case, it is not clear if this chest is English or Continental in origin. The highly developed marquetry surface is a unique form of "jeux de fond" which includes a 3 dimensional pattern incorporating the cube in a grid. Really interesting and creative. I know of no other pattern like this in my experience, and I am dying to copy it on something. The main veneer is Brazilian rosewood, and I suspect the chest was made around mid century.
|English Rosewood Tilt Table|
I wanted to post this and ask if anyone reading this has more information about these castors. It would be great if I could find out more about Mr. Cope and his wonderful wheels.