This circa 1880 – 1900 three door exceptional oak veneer bookcase, in original finish, has ornate applied carvings that beautifully outline and flow around each door glass, and extend from top to bottom on the curved sides at the front.
Bookcase was manufactured with quarter grained oak veneering, which was an expensive and time consuming process, used mainly when adding curved definition to upscale pieces.
Each bookcase section has four adjustable shelves, with beveled edge fronts. Original brass escutcheon door pulls are intact and bookcase has a key to lock all doors. It measures 15 inches deep, 67 inches wide and 59 1/4 inches high. It has casters on base for moving about with ease. Back is original and intact, with no labels to identify manufacturer. Twelve solid oak shelves are in great original condition.
One glass in doors is original, two have been replaced at some point. A few wooden shelf pegs were missing and have been replaced. The original finish still looks great, with some light alligatoring or crazing. Some veneer was replaced/repaired on the curved section at the very bottom, mainly on the right side. There are some minor flaws to the finish and a narrow wood strip, that runs across the very bottom of the doors when they are closed, has some missing sections. None of these minor flaws are distracting.
Bookcase is in very sound condition, with an abundance of storage space. Adjustable shelves are perfect for both very tall and short books. As this was made to hold heavy books, it should work equally well as a curio or china cabinet to hold collectibles, like pottery, with ease.