Oak dressers of this type formed an important part of furnishings in prosperous farming and urban households in the North West of England from the mid 18th century until well into the 19th century. The vocabulary of design elements for dressers of this regional type included either quarter columns or, as in this case, square columns at the corners of the base. Many were made with false drawers in the top and with hinged lids. Typically these dressers, made of Danzig Oak, were crossbanded in mahogany, whilst this dresser has the addition of floral inlays on the doors made in mahogany, quarter sawn oak and Sycamore; also with roundels of sycamore and rose-wood; small decorative inlays of yew and ebony are also used as part of the upper frieze of the base. The removeable small cupboards and drawers above the base seem entirely original to the piece.