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beryl wrote at 2008-03-30 13:25:31
Hi, very interested in the description of the L Marcus Ltd piece.  I have today bought a hall table with a back which folds to make a bench chair. It is 3'6" wide, 1'6" deep.  The base of the chair/table is storage for blankets or linen.  I bought it as 1950s repro and wondered if it was 1930s repro.  When in chair position the back is carved, but in table position the back is underside of table top.  Pity there is no more info on the maker.  It is a nice clear metal label screwed in the inside of the lid of the storage bit.

Kris wrote at 2008-09-27 02:07:06
Hello -

I have a piece in my house that has the same label:

L Marcus Ltd

Makers of fine furniture since 1898

Telephone Clissold 1574

Beattyworks London N16

No clue what it is -- I call it an armoire! It has a shelf on the top and a pole across underneath the shelf with little hooks hanging from the pole.  

Mary Williams wrote at 2008-11-10 21:45:04
I have an ottoman that was made by the same people.  I would be interested to know more about the sort of furniture they produced.

Susie wrote at 2009-09-06 05:26:46
I purchased a beautiful wardrobe that also says L.Marcus LTD at a yard sale .It is very nice and has a metal plate above the inside mirrow on door.Can't find anything about this either. Trying to find a key that will fit it's lock.

Steve wrote at 2009-10-08 13:10:25

I'm a bit confused here I have a piece of furniture that I have just bought. with a label L marrus Ltd or possibly L Marcus Ltd Clissold 1574 etc. It was advertised as a period piece of Oak furnitue and on close examination I think it is almost new 10 to 15 years old at most. I suspect that the label is an invention by a maker in the far east somewhere. I'm nit even convinced that its Oak. I think at best its Oak veneer covering chip board, MDF or Ply. Certainly the interior panels are ply. Any comments from previous contributors would be interesting. Where items were purchased from etc

Annie wrote at 2011-09-01 13:42:51
hi Shari, i have a monks bench with the identicle makers mark i am still looking for info so i will keep you posted


SUE S wrote at 2012-01-17 11:14:07
Hi, I have a dressing table and chest of drawers made by L.Marcus ltd. I bought 30 years ago from an elderly couple who had it made for them for their wedding which was 50years prior to when I bought the suite. I am looking to sell so would like to know more  

Andrea N wrote at 2012-03-14 00:05:03
Hello all. I too have a beautiful buffet that is marked L. Marcus Ltd. that I bought about 10 years ago at auction. I looked for information on it back then but found none and got it into my head to look today. I found an interesting newsletter article from a British car repair organization that tells a little history of a warehouse. Evidently our L.Marcus Ltd. was housed there in the 1960's which pins down a timeframe some. I honestly am only a little disappointed that it's not old, since I think that my piece is beautiful. The link to the newsletter is:

Hope this helps some!

sandie wrote at 2012-08-30 13:40:01
I have one half of what i thought was a welsh dresser. Its a beautiful piece if furniture and has the l marcus beatty works label.. If anyone has any more info on the makers that would be great!!  

Quilter wrote at 2012-11-29 11:36:09
I have a single welsh dresser with the very same black label on the inside of the door.  It is well over 50 years old as I can trace it back to our relative that had it previously, but I too would like to know what its worth so I could sell it on.  Any ideas?

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