Period bookshelves

With so many different types of period antique bookshelves available on the marketplace, how do you know what one is the right piece for you?

First you have to ask yourself what is a true antique period bookshelf? To be classed as a true antique it is anything that is over 100 years old. Some of the finest examples are those that are 150 years of age from the Victorian period or earlier from Georgian eras. They usually have more distinguishing features and fine artistry in the cabinet making and a wonderful aged finish.

All furniture from around the mid Victorian period or earlier was done so by hand, anything after this time may have been done by machinery, So usually the earlier examples are more unique with hand crafted dovetail joints, old clout nails and the finest quality timbers used.

Very old pieces of antique furniture were finished using a French polish or wax. The finish will have aged to a lovely patina giving that unique feel and smooth finish. Woods used can be of oak in early and later examples, following this to mahogany and walnut in Victorian pieces. They are very often solid, not veneered and so built to last.

Antiques world has a fine selection on offer from all periods like the George III Astragal Glazed Mahogany Secretaire Antique Bookcase with astragal glazed top and a very useful secretaire drawer.

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Or the Magnificent Quality antique Regency Mahogany Library Bookcase, constructed from the finest mahogany timbers and dating from around the 1800 – 1830.

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A nice Victorian example would be the stylish Victorian mahogany antique glazed bookcase on cupboard dating from around 1860.

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And a good quality Edwardian period piece would be the antique walnut break fronted bookcase decorative blind fretwork frieze finished with beautifully carved floral motifs.

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Most of these pieces do split up for transport and they are easily assembled, so there is no need to worry about getting them into your home. All these bookshelves are currently available for sale on Antiques World along with a vast selection of other antiquities.