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Robert Mills Architectural and Decorative Antiques always has in stock a wide range of salvaged, reclaimed and antique low and dado wall panelling. We are one of the largest high quality reclamation specialists and suppliers of fine architectural antiques and salvage in the UK.
Our antique and reclaimed panelling is salvaged from various locations including grand private mansions, commercial refurbishment projects, public buildings and churches awaiting demolition. Often we manage to save the materials at the very last minute before it goes to shredding, landfill or the bonfire. We are proud of our contribution to the reuse of such materials with high embodied energy.
Although most of our stock comes from the Victorian era, we have low or dado panelling from the 17th century through to the 1930s. Early panelling was often called wainscot or wainscoting - the term originally seems to have implied rough planks of oak timber and, subsequently, to have been given to wooden panelling. Although the term ‘wainscot’ usually refers to low or dado panelling, it often these days also refers to full height. Dado (the name derives from the architectural term for the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice) panelling covers the lower part of the wall from the skirting to the moulded rail called the capping rail or dado rail . Often the panelling is simple tall boards or tongue and groove (t&g).
As well as re-use as originally intended, our customers often find our dado panelling very much suited to constructing bars and bar fronts for pubs and hotels. We keep a portfolio of many completed bar and pub projects which is a useful reference for ideas of how you might use our extensive stock.