ERA ITEM CONSTRUCTED: Late 1800s
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Constructed in England
DESCRIPTION OF ITEM: Resplendent example of a Victorian era quarter-sawn golden oak library bookcase. Upper bookcase section is encased within two clear-glass doors with shelving consisting of bottom shelf and three adjustable shelves positioned above. Doors of case include original functioning lock and key. Door and drawer pulls have been replaced with new hardware.
The lower section of piece includes one full-width drawer featuring a curved, solid oak drawer front along with four smaller drawers (each 5 ½ inches high, 22 ½ inches wide and 17 ½ inches deep). The full-width drawer includes the original functioning lock and key.
The right side of the lower section is set off by a wood faced cabinet door with original functioning lock and key (the same key that operates the lock on the glass door above). The cabinet space behind the wood door is divided in half by one shelf.
The drawers and doors of the piece open and close smoothly. All drawers were constructed using dovetail corner joints.
The case sits on a plinth at the base and is topped off with a crown molding cornice. Carved oak details embellish the quarter sawn golden oak case.
Bookcase is constructed of a number of sections that fit together easily and tightly upon assembly yet can be disassembled simply for convenient shipping. Fully assembled, the case is very sturdy and fully functional.
The bookcase was originally purchased in 1978 from an established Seattle antique dealer. I was told at the time that the bookcase was part of a shipment of antique furniture from England.
CURRENT CONDITION: The bookcase is in excellent condition showing only minimal signs of wear especially considering its age. Finish of the library bookcase is in outstanding shape displaying a golden oak color and patina that accentuates the grain of the quarter-sawn oak.
THE RECENT OPINION OF AN EXPERT APPRAISER CONCLUDED THAT THE BOOKCASE WAS AUTHENTIC AND HAD A FAIR RETAIL VALUE OF $2400.00USD.
DIMENSIONS: UPPER BOOKCASE LOWER OVERALL
HEIGHT= 56 inches 39 5/8 inches 95 5/8 inches
WIDTH= 57 1/2 inches 55 1/2 inches 57 1/2 inches
DEPTH= 12 1/2 inches 21 1/8 inches 21 1/8 inches