This vintage Judd expandable bookrack is made of cast iron which has been given a brass finish. The piece features circular discs at either end which bear detailed profiles of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, set on a stippled ground. Minerva is shown wearing an Etruscan helmet decorated with scrolling shapes and a ram's head at the front. Her long wavy hair falls down her neck to the toga clasped at her shoulder. The discs are also decorated with the embossed image of a lighted lamp behind Minerva's head, representing the intellectual illumination achieved through the process of learning. The discs rest upon a series of scrolling foliate-like shapes which echo the design found on Minerva's helmet. The back of the discs bear the bookrack's embossed item number, "9923".
The bookrack itself has been constructed with two parallel telescoping rails intended to support books or other items. The piece is capable of holding a large number of books, measuring 8.75" in length when closed (as seen in photo 3) and expanding to 15.5” when fully opened (as seen in photo 4). The decorative ends of the bookrack stand 5.25" tall and are 6.25" wide as measured from their widest points.
The adjustable bookrack is in very good vintage condition with the rods opening and closing smoothly. There is no damage to the piece and it retains its original finish. As a vintage item, the bookrack shows appropriate signs of age and use consisting of minor scuffs and wear to the finish. The bookrack weighs in at 2 pounds.
This appealing vintage bookrack would make a great gift for the special graduate in your life, or may be the perfect finishing touch for your own home. It works well as a bookshelf but can also hold CD's and/or DVD's. Charming and practical!
Vintage H L Judd Minerva Adjustable Telescoping Bookrack