The Admiral

The Admiral sofa by Noble and Thane - inspired by a classic English wingback design. 


Shown here in full rigging, with optional brass castors and bolster cushions, finished in a traditional ticking.

Both the frame making and upholstery are carried out within a 50 mile radius of our base in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. We use traditional methods and materials, which are carefully and sympathetically balanced with modern techniques and equipment. This allows us to keep the build of each sofa as true to the original as possible.

Features such as tenon joints and the smooth, hand shaped frame are characteristics we’ve been keen to carry forward from some of the most respected and well known sofa and chair makers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Frame

Each frame is made to order by hand in Herefordshire. We use sustainable beech as standard, the integral legs can be made from any timber desired - allowing the exposed wood to be matched against existing furniture or personal taste without the need of artificial staining or colouring.

Great time and focus was spent sourcing the correct carpenter for The Admiral, ensuring each sofa will last a lifetime. Festool Domino joints are used throughout - a modern equivalent of the traditional mortise and tenon. This technique provides a more precise joint and guarantees a strong and rigid structure. We are extremely proud of our frames and feel it’s important to show you what lies beneath the outer layers.

The Upholstery

The Admiral is upholstered in Oxfordshire using a careful blend of traditional methods and materials, as well as modern techniques and equipment where appropriate. We follow a build up process which is in-keeping with the original design, however all parameters can be adjusted to ensure maximum comfort and suitability to the customer.

A variation on the original design is the subtle lift in the lumber springs to allow the insertion of a duck feather seat cushion. This minor change enhances both the look of the Admiral as well as increasing the level of comfort.

The second alteration was the removal of the integral arm rests at the frame making stage, opting now for a smooth and elegant curve which continues down into the frame base.

The Castors

The Admiral can be fitted with historically accurate castors in the form of a brass screw plate unit with a ceramic wheel, however a brass wheel can be used if preferred. The full brass units come in either a bright or an antique finish as pictured below. Each leg terminates in a square brass ferrule coloured to match the castor choice. The addition of complimentary castor cups add protection to your floor as well as reduce unwanted movement. Brass or nylon studs can be fitted to the foot if castors are not required.

All of the products below are manufactured within 150 miles of Tetbury.


  • Leg timber chosen to suit requirements. (Beech as standard).

  • Available with or without castors.

  • With or without bolster cushions.

  • Finished in a fabric of your choice.

Dimensions (with castors):

  • Back Centre Height: 111cm (43.7").

  • Maximum External Width: 143cm (56.3").

  • Maximum Depth: 68cm (26.8")

  • Approximate Seat Height: 61cm (24.0").

  • Approximate Seat Depth: 44cm (17.3").

  • Seat Width: 117cm (46.1").

  • Note: Height dimensions without castors are reduced by approximately 4.5cm (1.8").

Lead Time:

  • Approximately 6-8 weeks from finalising fabric choice and options.


  • £3,950 GBP (excluding top fabric, inclusive of VAT).

  • Worldwide shipping available - quotations on request.