The antique music cabinet was originally made to store sheet music when home entertainment involved playing music and using instruments such as the violin or piano. They are lovely pieces of antique furniture and can be the ideal practical storage for paperwork, papers or magazines. The antique music cabinet will be in the design of a chest of drawers but the drawer fronts will be hinged, so they pull out and fall forward, giving you easy access to your paperwork. The earlier 19th Century designs will have a glazed or mirrored door and the interior will have adjustable shelves with old velvet linings. They were mainly built in the Victorian and Edwardian periods in Mahogany and Walnut or in rare occasions in Rosewood. The best examples will have fine inlay including cross banded edges with a striking kingwood and boxwood string inlay. Some come in unusual shapes like a bow front and most stand on four tapering legs with spade feet. They are not only very pretty pieces of furniture but also very practical and this is why they are popular pieces to have in your home.  Here at Antiques world we do get very beautiful examples for sale and you can see a small selection below.