Please contact us if you have any old or modern items to sell. We will always offer good prices.
Small items from the workshops of Robert Thompson's® Craftsmen
The smallest item sold by Robert Thompson's is the napkin ring. Other small items include ashtray/pintray, chopping/cheese/bread boards, bookends, bowls, stools, booktrough, candlestick, lamp etc. Over the years many items have disappeared from this product range and hence rare odd items do appear from time to time. Designs have evolved over the years which provide some measure of the relative age of an item. An example of design changes are the length of the napkin rings. Modern examples are now longer at 2in. Consult the photo library to view a selection of items previously obtained and sold on this website.
Every Mouseman item is recognised by the very finely carved trademark mouse. Over the years the mouse has undergone change with more modern ones lacking the intricate detail of the early examples, but still with the trademark whiskers, and hind legs only.
The fruit bowl design has changed with the earlier 9in diameter version (with exterior mouse) being replaced by a shallower 12in diameter design with interior mouse.
How do you tell if it is a genuine Mouseman item? Firstly the trademarked mouse is very distintive and always has carved whiskers, and no front legs. Beware of imported chinese imitations, and carved mice (see left picture) that have been used on cheeseboards originating from a manufacturer in the Cotswolds.
Secondly be suspicious of any item where the oak looks too new or oiled, and does not have the deep golden colour which develops on fumed oak over the years. Thirdly look for the characteristic adzing and solid (single piece) oak design.