Antique Edwardian Bookcases came in many different forms from very new designs like the Globe Wernicke stacking bookcase to the smaller revolving bookcase. The Edwardian cabinet maker also liked to add more traditional decoration, like the highly inlaid Sheraton revival designs, adding features like the swan neck pediment along with glazing bars. This period was the first time new woodworking machines were used by many cabinet makers so it was easier to produce grand designs but in a smaller scale, with more useful features for modern living. The Edwardian bookcase although was more heavily mass produced is actually still extremely well built using high quality timbers like Walnut, Satinwood, Oak and Mahogany and are very practical pieces of antique furniture. Originally they would have been highly french polished, still by hand and this means the finish over time ages with a lovely patina. Here at Antiques world, we clean, revive and wax this finish to a beautiful sheen. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
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Below are a few examples of Edwardian bookcases that we have sold, if any look of interest let us know and we can try to find you something similar.
Large Arts & Crafts Edwardian Oak Antique Bookcase with Sliding Doors. Dating from around 1910 this stately Arts & Crafts oak Edwardian antique bookcase benefits from sliding doors. It has an attractive Arts & Crafts pediment resting on a rectangular moulded top. The two sliding doors have the original brass handles and the glass is leaded. The interior has three fixed shelves with a full height divider positioned a quarter way along from the left hand side.
Dating from around 1900 in the Edwardian period this antique figured walnut bureau bookcase is of superb quality and is in the Dutch Queen Anne design. It is constructed from the finest quality timbers and due to the level of craftsmanship it looks to be a much earlier piece. It has an arched moulded top above a glazed door with moulded edge and key with working lock. The interior has three removable shelves. The lower section has a beautifully figured fall front which when opened reveals many surprises! At first glance the eye is drawn to the several oak lined drawers and pigeon holes. On further inspection the disguised bible well becomes more visible followed by the several hidden drawers which are only found after careful investigation. Below the fall front there is a single faux drawer above three oak lined drawers with original brass handles and key escutcheons. This beautiful quality antique bureau bookcase stands on shaped bracket feet and splits into two for ease of removal. The walnut is a gorgeous golden shade with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
This quality walnut glazed antique bookcase dates from the Edwardian Period ca. 1900 and comes with a fine finish. It has a rectangular moulded top above two glazed doors with moulded edges, key and working lock. The interior has three adjustable shelves so is ideal for displaying various sized books or artefacts.
This Edwardian antique mahogany glazed bookcase on cupboard has a certain refined elegance and dates from around 1900. The moulded cornice sits above two astragal glazed doors with key and working lock. The interior contains three adjustable shelves. The base has a rectangular moulded top above two cupboard doors which display attractive quarter veneered panels along with boxwood string inlay edges. The interior of the cupboard itself contains just one removable shelf. The piece stands on four tapering legs, finished with spade feet, and splits into two sections for ease of removal.
This Lovely Antique Open Bookcase On Cupboard dates from the Edwardian period circa, 1900 has a moulded cornice above three adjustable shelves. The corner has been stamped with the cabinet makers initials CGS. The lower section has a rectangular moulded top above two cupboard doors with moulded panels and the original turned handle. The interior comprises of one fixed shelf and it stands beautifully on a moulded plinth and also benefits from the original backboards.
Dating from around 1910 this beautiful and desirable antique bookcase on cupboard is a quality example of Edwardian furniture. This lovely bookcase is of unusual small proportions and has a moulded cornice with dental moulding above two fixed shelves. The lower section has a rectangular moulded top above two drawers with brass lion head handles .The two cupboard doors have raised fielded panels which are beautifully figured and again have a brass lion head handle.
This Edwardian, circa 1910, antique glazed bookcase is constructed from mahogany. It has a rectangular moulded top above two glazed doors with the original handle and key with working lock. The interior has two adjustable shelves, ideal for books or displaying attractive curios.
Inlaid Antique Edwardian Walnut Open Bookcase. Dating from around 1900 in the Edwardian period this antique walnut open bookcase has been finished with a decorative inlay. It comprises of three adjustable shelves and stands on bracket feet with a shaped apron spanning the width at the base. The rectangular moulded top displays figured walnut banding with boxwood and ebony string inlay. All the edges are also beautifully cross banded.
This Edwardian Walnut Astragal Glazed Antique Bookcase dates from circa, 1900 and has a small raised back with rectangular top sitting above two astragal glazed doors with the original brass handle and key with working lock. The interior of this lovely bookcase has three adjustable shelves and it stands on four tapering legs with spade feet and benefits from the original backboards.
Antique Walnut Edwardian Glazed Bookcase. This beautiful antique walnut glazed bookcase dates from around 1900 and has been fully restored. It has a moulded cornice with dental moulding above two astragal glazed doors with key and working lock. The interior has two removable shelves. The lower section has a decorative moulded edge over two drawers below which can then be found two cupboard doors, again with key and working lock. The interior of the cupboard contains a single removable shelf. The bookcase stands on shaped bracket feet and is in a lovely condition having been fully restored at some point, definitely one for the antiques enthusiast who prefers a ‘cleaner’ looking piece.
Dear James,Just a note to thank you for the Arts & Crafts open bookcase. It is the finest piece of furniture I own. Pass on my thanks to whoever polished it so thoroughly and to the men who delivered it carefully and courteously.Very pleased.Julian
- John Blackburn, Hello James, a short note to say thanks for altering and storing our bookcases - the one you altered to 111mm fitted perfectly, with quite literally a couple of mm to spare.The delivery guys were 1st rate too.Many thanks,John
Dear JamesJust to let you know that the bookcase arrived this morning as arranged. We are really pleased with it.Many thanks.Best wishesVikki