MOUSEMAN FURNITURE – AN INTRODUCTION

Alive and Kicking

If you were to believe everything you read in the press you would assume that ‘brown furniture’ is dead.  This is not entirely true.  Prices for Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture have, in fact, never been higher.

The combination of the clean and elegant lines, the superb construction quality and the very popular light oak colour, it is clear to see why there is so much demand for Mouseman furniture.  Prices continue to rise each year as many first generation buyers (those who bought the furniture direct from Kilburn earlier in the century) are placing their pieces of Mouseman on the market as they downsize.

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History of the Mouse Trademark

Sometime between 1924 and 1928 Robert began to sign his furniture with the now iconic mouse mark.  In a letter written by Robert he reveals why he chose the mouse as his mark:

“The origin of the mouse as my mark was almost in the way of being an accident.  I and another carver were carving a huge cornice for a screen and he happened to say something about being as poor as a church mouse.  I said I’ll carve a mouse here and did so, then it struck me, what a lovely trademark’.

The mouse trademark was not registered until 1931 and some of the earliest mice are carved free from the oak and until 1930 most were carved with front paws.  To this day the carvers in Kilburn mark each item of furniture with the trademark mouse and each carver has a distinct style.  

The Market

Demand is now so high for Mouseman furniture that the factory in Kilburn has a long waiting list for new orders which has resulted in higher prices at auction as customers look elsewhere.  This trend is set to continue which makes the current market a great opportunity for you to sell your Mouseman furniture.  

We can advise the value of your Mouseman furniture and help you find the best place to sell it, be at a specialist saleroom or direct to a collector.  Best of all we take care of all the logistics and administration too.  So if you have an item of Mouseman and you would like a valuation please contact us for more information.

Mouseman

Alive and Kicking

If you were to believe everything you read in the press you would assume that ‘brown furniture’ is dead.  This is not entirely true.  Prices for the work of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson have, in fact, never been higher.

The combination of the clean and elegant lines, the superb construction quality and the very popular light oak colour, it is clear to see why there is so much demand for Mouseman furniture.  Prices continue to rise each year as many first generation buyers (those who bought the furniture direct from Kilburn earlier in the century) are placing their pieces of Mouseman on the market as they downsize.

Mouseman

History of the Mouse Trademark

Sometime between 1924 and 1928 Robert began to sign his furniture with the now iconic mouse mark.  In a letter written by Robert he reveals why he chose the mouse as his mark:

“The origin of the mouse as my mark was almost in the way of being an accident.  I and another carver were carving a huge cornice for a screen and he happened to say something about being as poor as a church mouse.  I said I’ll carve a mouse here and did so, then it struck me, what a lovely trademark’.

The mouse trademark was not registered until 1931 and some of the earliest mice are carved free from the oak and until 1930 most were carved with front paws.  To this day the carvers in Kilburn mark each item of furniture with the trademark mouse and each carver has a distinct style.  

The Market

Demand is now so high that the Mouseman factory in Kilburn has a long waiting list for new orders which has resulted in higher prices at auction as customers look elsewhere.  This trend is set to continue which makes the current market a great opportunity for you to sell your Mouseman furniture.  

We can advise the value of your Mouseman furniture and help you find the best place to sell it, be at a specialist saleroom or direct to a collector.  Best of all we take care of all the logistics and administration too.  So if you have an item of Mouseman and you would like a valuation please contact us for more information.

DATING
FURNITURE 

Robert Thompson Mouse Signature 1

This is a mouse carved by Robert Thompson himself.  Note that it looks more rat-like than mouse-like.  Early mice have front paws and are a clue that the item was made before 1930.  However, this is not concrete proof and other factors such as construction and colour need to be taken into account. 

WHAT TO 
LOOK FOR

Mouseman Value

 

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Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

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