Archie Shine furniture
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 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
"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
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
If it it not too late, I would very much appreciate a scan of the Hamilton leaflet.
Pete" Peter Ball 01/02/2013
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,
Ian" ian bev 06/06/2013
Would be most gratful for to receive scan copy of the 1962 catalogue.
Many thanks Joyce" Joyce Taaffe 05/09/2013
"If not too late I also would love a catalogue copy. I have several AS units.
many thanks" Eleanor Lind 16/11/2013
"Hi another request for the catalogue please. Much appreciated." james 22/06/2014
""Barny I too would love a scan of the catalogue if you still have it...
I bought recentst Some chairs of HIM" Lise Crabbé 18/01/2015
"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
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.
Jules" Jules 18/10/2015
"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
"Please may I have a copy of the 1962 catalogue- I would be most grateful.
I have an Archie Shine sideboard I need to sell before moving house if anyone is interested. I live in Rottingdean outside Brighton. It is in wonderful condition and very plain though not floating. The label is on the back saying Archie Shine. Photos available on request. Jane" Jane Turnbull 19/07/2017
"I would be interested in seeing a photo of the sideboard that Jan Turnbull mentioned. Thank you." Anna Shine 16/08/2017
"I would love an Archie Shine catalogue if at all possible. Kindest regards,
Glenn." Glenn 08/09/2017
"I also have a Gazelle table in yew.(Peter Aug 2012 above) Originally seen at the Furniture Show in Earls Court, where it won an award. Hoping to find a match one day." Peter Wilson 01/10/2017
"I have an Archie Shine ' Hamilton' drinks cabinet by Robert Heritage c. 1957 wondered what it is worth, needs a little this but still in good condition." Raymond James 05/02/2018
"I have an Archie Shine Jacaranda sideboard and a Dorrington dining table and six chairs, two of which are carvers. All purchased from Fenwicks in 1975. Wonder if they are worth anything." Vivian 06/09/2018
I have an Archie Shine "Knightsbridge" Sideboard by Robert Heritage that I'm looking to sell due to moving and too big for the room. It's in excellent condition and been well cared for. Would be grateful if someone could let me know best place to sell it (not ebay) or who to contact. Lynn 13.09.18" Lynn 13/09/2018
"Currently at V & A looking at Heals Staples archives which include full size drawings for Archie Shine pieces still being made in 1976 including Dorrington and Bridgford and also a few of Gazelle and Monte Christo ranges which I've not seen before. Notice that a couple of people on here have a Gazelle table and would love to see photos . Andrew Tavroges" Andrew Tavroges 02/10/2019
"I new archie personally used to drive him and his wife to functions such a nice couple, archie was always polite he lived in London can't remember the flats name he lived in his factory was in upper Clapton e5 many years ago. Bless them both" ALAN ARTHUR JAGGERS 01/03/2020
"I have inherited an Archie Shine rosewood dining table and sideboard. The table is oval with polished stainless steel splayed legs and the sideboard has a sliding top which reveals a working electric hot plate. I would love more information as I have not seen anything similar." Anne Maddison 05/11/2020