Archie Shine furniture

Archie Shine Hamilton sideboard by Robert Heritage (Image: Design Council Slide Collection at
Manchester Metropolitan University, copyright Design Council)

Archie Shine was a British furniture manufacturer which produced some high class Danish inspired designs in the late 50s and throughout the 60s.

Archie Shine pioneered the Scandinavian style in Britain in the late 50s. The Scandinavian, and particularly the Danish look, was simple, elegant and with long, low lines. It was always high quality craftsman made and well proportioned. Teak, afromosia and rosewood were the favourite woods. The Danish look became classic middle class good taste in the late 50s, usurping more traditional looking furniture and the lighter looking modern furniture favoured at the time of the Festival of Britain in 1951. The Danish look became much more mainstream and popular in the 60s.

Robert Heritage designed the famous Hamilton sideboard for Archie Shine. It was based on the classic Scandinavian, long, low lines. Robert Heritage won a Design Centre Award for this sideboard in 1958.

Archie Shine sideboard, 1960s (image lovelyandcompany)

Archie Shine continued with this style of sideboard into the 60s. Their sideboards are typically large, long and low, in the Scandinavian style.

Robert Heritage's design career continued to develop in the 60s. He did lighting design for Rotaflex as well as working for Gordon Russell.

Buy Archie Shine furniture

Today the best place to find Archie Shine furniture is eBay. It was quality, expensive, furniture when it was new, but today it is still relatively well priced. Expect to pay £300 to £500 for an Archie Shine sideboard in good condition. Hamilton sideboards will be worth more, around the £1000 mark. Archie Shine dining room suites fetch £200 to £400. Although there are often bargains to be had on eBay.

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"I believe i have an Archie Shine dinning table and chairs. the legs of the table have the same grove running around the bottom of the legs which is exactly the same as the Hamilton sideboard i own.How can i confirm for definite ? and is there an Archie shine furniture catalog available to refer to ???" JIM T 12/03/2011
"met Archie Shine on his stand at the Earls Court Furniture Exhibition probably sept 1957 and bought 2 large lounge wall units and a cocktail cabinet in rosewood finish. They still look magnificent today and I continually admire them." j.c.forrest 16/9/2011 16/09/2011
"I have a nest of Archie Shine teak coffee tables. Would you or do you know of anyone who would be interested in purchasing them. I also have a McIntosh teak table, with two butterfly action extensions, y chairs and matching sideboard.

I look forward to hearing form you." Sally Caplan 01/11/2011
"I'm a big fan of Archie Shine furniture. Does anyone know any history of his family or company? I remember his shop in Sloane St, knightsbridge and the displays at Heals." Geoff Kinlen 10/12/2011
"I have three Archie Shine easy chairs which I would like to sell. They are a very simple low-line frame with two cushions supported by webbing, which has been replaced recently. I've never seen any easy chairs by him anywhere else. Do you know of anyone who would want them? (I also have a dining table and chairs by him, still in use.)" Christine Searle 12/01/2012
"I have an original Archie Shine show catalogue/leaflet from the 1962 Daily Mirror Furniture show (as well as a Hamilton sideboard purchased at the show) which details the entire range of furniture items. I would be happy to scan the leaflet and provide as a resource if anyone is interested." Barny 12/04/2012
"Barny
Please contact me at geoffkinlen@gmail.com regarding Archie Shine catalogue.
Many thanks" Geoff Kinlen 29/04/2012
"Barny I too would love a scan of the catalogue
please contact me @ tictac5@live.co.uk" Chris 02/08/2012
"We also have some Archie Shine furniture, including a gazelle table with drawers in yew wood. This was featured in a furniture show at Earls Court but I cannot remember when and I can find no reference to gazelle tables. Does anybody have a recollection or document about these? Thanks" Peter 18/08/2012
"Barny,
I would love a scanned catalogue too please thanks just trying to verify a sideboard I have
pricey@holywych,freeserve.co.uk" John 08/09/2012
"Hi Barny
I would love a scan of the Archie Shine catalogue if possible.
Many thanks" Lindsey 02/10/2012
"Hi Barney, I'm researching Archie Shine furniture and came across this conversation and your note about the catalogue/leaflet you have from the show. I would be very pleased to receive a scanned copy of this and a photo of your sideboard also if possible.
I hope this conversation is still open and very much look forward to hearing from you.
With thanks and kind regards
Howard" Howard 12/11/2012
"My late husband and I bought our Hamilton Dining Suite (sideboard, table and six chairs) in 1960. All the original markings are in place and I proud to say they are in immaculate used condition (much loved and cared for). I live in a village in NE Surrey where 3 other couples living here in the 1960s had the same suite.
I would be most interested in finding a buyer for the suite and can anyone let me know how much I should ask for it. The chairs have been re-upholstered (2011) and comply with fire regs etc. Thank you" Gwen 29/12/2012
"Gwen would love to see a photo of your dining suite we have collected his furniture and love it too! Thanks" Char 26/01/2013
"Barny
If it it not too late, I would very much appreciate a scan of the Hamilton leaflet.
Many thanks
Pete" Peter Ball 01/02/2013
"Hi Barny,
Have just come across this thread. Have three (!) Archie Shine sideboards: one has built-in hotplate, and the other two are wall-mounted 'floating' design. Would love to see a scan of the 1962 catalogue/leaflet if you still have that available. pmheywood@me.com.
Many thanks
Paul" Paul 08/04/2013
"Barny
I notice from my earlier posting that I did not give my contact detail. This is: ergemont@yahoo.co.uk
Regards
Pete Ball." Peter Ball 05/06/2013
"hola Barney,
I had an Archie Shine wall mounted "floating" design wall unit with built-in hotplate,bought in the earlier 70's,would appreciate any information regards this lovely piece of furniture,
Thanks
Ian" ian bev 06/06/2013
"Hi Barny
I too would really appreciate receiving a scan copy of the 1962 catalogue. My email address is james@jamesleedesign.com. Many thanks. James" James Lee 27/08/2013
"Hi Barny,

Would be most gratful for to receive scan copy of the 1962 catalogue.

Many thanks Joyce" Joyce Taaffe 05/09/2013
"Hi Barny, if you're not overwhelmed by all the catalogue requests. I would really love a copy.
Many thanks Battlegary@yahoo.com" Gary Battle 13/11/2013
"If not too late I also would love a catalogue copy. I have several AS units.
Eleanor
many thanks" Eleanor Lind 16/11/2013
"We have a rosewood dining suite which very closely resembles the work of Robert Heritage/Archie Shine. It was bought expensively at upmarket furnishes in Wolverhampton in the 1960's. We are very keen to investigate the provenance of the set. The only mark found so far is a symmetrical set of three small diagonal cuts on the underside.
Can anyone help?
Briancook53@aol.com" Brian Cook 31/12/2013
"Hi another request for the catalogue please. Much appreciated." james 22/06/2014
"Hi Barney

I am undertaking research on 38-40 Upper Clapton Road in Hackney where Archie Shine manufactured his furniture,and would be interested in receiving a scanned copy of the catalogue you mention.

Julia Lafferty
email: info@saveourcinema.org" Julia Lafferty 24/10/2014
"Hi Barney

I worked for Archie from Jan. 1969 until the company closed in Dec. 1976. I would love to have a scan of the catalogue you have. For those people with A.S. furniture, look for the makers initials or signature usually on the under side or back of a drawer or the inside bottom or outsideback of the carcase. If you find one I might just remember who they are. Archie was one of the last great characters of the industry. We kept in touch and I had the pleasure of occasionally visiting both Archie and his wife 'Minni' at their home up until the last few years of their lives.

parkervaughan@btinternet.com" Ronnie Vaughan 16/11/2014
""Barny I too would love a scan of the catalogue if you still have it...
I bought recentst Some chairs of HIM" Anonymous 18/01/2015
"This is an informal email to ,let you know that Cottees Auctions of Wareham will be selling a Robert Heritage Sideboard and Drum Dining Table in their Modern Art auction on Tuesday 14 April at 2.30pm.

The two items have been entered privately and not been on the market before. Cites approved licences have been obtained for their sale.

The auction is on view at www.the-saleroom.com.

Thank you for your attention,

John Condie

Cottees Auctions Limited
Tel: 01929 552826 Fax: 01929 554916
Email: info@cottees.co.uk
http://www.cottees.co.uk" JOhn Condie 09/04/2015
"I have an Archie Shine sideboard,with legs, " Dorrington" in Rosewood,good condition with original purchase invoice.
Any body interested at a fair price" Arthur Woolgar 23/06/2015
"I would be very interested in buying a set of Archie Shine nesting tables or coffee tables. I also noticed that someone asked for information about him. He was my grandfather, and I am happy to help. Thank you, Anna Shine: anna@nese.com 11/08/15" Anna Shine 11/08/2015
"Hi there

My Mum is moving house and has a dining table which can seat up to 14 people with 2 leaves in it and a side board both of which she has said are Archie Shine from the 1950's I have photos of these items - is anybody interested in buying them as my Mum is down sizing and is gutted that she won't be able to fit them in her new home.

Thanks

Jules" Jules 18/10/2015
"Jules,
Is the dining table and sideboard still avaialble for sale? Would be very interested in details. kris@studiok.co.uk.

Thanks, Kris" Kris 23/12/2015
"Would it be possible for you to send me a copy of the catalog I think my sideboard is an Archie Shine.Thank you" Judith Corrigan 08/02/2016
"I have a Archie Shine table, side board with plate warmer, wall unit drinks trolley and side cabinet on wheels that I would like to get valued with a view to selling, any ideas how ?" rhoda matthews 16/05/2016
"I understand that I have got an Archie Shine dining suite. Oval shape table,eight chairs,low sideboard,with drawers on right side and a large type dresser with two large drawers for table linen at the bottom,an open display unit,a bar area with hinged door that open out to form a serving counter,four units with doors and two small drawers in the centre. The chairs are in poor condition. I would be very interested to know which design it is and a lead to know where I can find replacement chairs" Maigread Magar 18/08/2016
"I have an Archie Shine wall mounted (floating) sideboard together with wall mounted three draw serving unit and bookcase with sliding door. Am planning to remodel my house and would like to find a good home for these lovely pieces of furniture" jim Howard 04/10/2016
"I have an Archie Shine tea trolley that I am considering selling.." Edward 12/11/2016
"I currently have a Hamilton sideboard for auction on ebay. Very reluctant sale after many years use by my family, but does not fit in our new house.
Nick" nick 28/11/2016
"I have an Archie Shine Granville Rosewood sideboard with a hinged flap which contains a large hot plate. The size is 7 ft by 1.8in wide. We bought it direct from the factory in the early 1970's and I still have the catalogue with all the various designs. I am thinking of selling this as I wish to redisgm our living room and am interested if anyone would like to buy it and give it a new home.
Eve" Eve 04/12/2016
"I am seeking chairs for Hamilton Suite..I have six and one needs repair sadly and I would rather replace ..if any one is interested in the suite I have the sideboard, extending dining table and the six chairs..let me know can send photos. Thank you" Gwen 27/03/2017
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