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Fine Early Victorian Mahogany Open Bookcase

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A fine quality 19th century early Victorian flame mahogany open bookcase – bookshelves circa 1850.

Having a flame mahogany veneered rectangular top above a shaped moulded cornice supported by pilaster columns with carved foliate capitals enclosing four reeded shelves. To the base there are two flame veneered mahogany oak-lined drawers retaining their original turned wooden handles and Bramah locks supplied with a working key.

Raised on a plinth base this well-proportioned open bookcase is in superb original condition retaining a wonderful colour having been wax polished using traditional methods.

Very rare to find a bookcase of this size and quality that is completely original.

Due to the excellent choice of timber and quality of build one would expect to find a makers stamp such as Gillows of Lancaster on this bookcase but very often their goods were not stamped. Another sign of quality is only the best cabinetmakers used Bramah locks as they were expensive, also at time of manufacture no one was able to pick them.
The Bramah lock is a lock design that was created by Joseph Bramah in 1784. The design is the first known high-security lock.

The locks produced by his company were famed for their resistance to lock picking and tampering, and the company famously had a "Challenge Lock" displayed in the window of their London shop from 1790, mounted on a board containing the inscription……

"The artist who can make an instrument that will pick or open this lock shall receive 200 guineas the moment it is produced."

The Great Exhibition 1851.
The challenge stood for over 67 years until, at the Great Exhibition of 1851, the American locksmith Alfred Charles Hobbs was able to open the lock and, following some argument about the circumstances under which he had opened it, was awarded the prize. Hobbs' attempt required about 51 hours, spread over 16 days.

The Challenge Lock is in the Science Museum in London. An examination of the lock shows that it has been rebuilt since Hobbs picked it. Originally it had 18 iron slides and 1 central spring it now has 13 steel slides, each with its own spring.

Width: 43 1/4 inches - 110cm
Height: 61 1/2 inches – 156.5cm
Depth: 14 1/2 inches - 37cm

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All of the goods sold by Loveday Antiques are in very good condition and fully restored ready for home use but please bear in mind you may find the usual markings that are commensurate with age which all add to beauty and uniqueness of antique furniture.

We have had a reputation for being a long established antique dealer in London having had showrooms concurrently running in Islington, Chelsea and Ascot. We have relocated our new showroom which is easily reached between A1 or A10 to just outside of Hertford, Hertfordshire to adapt to our customers buying habits which are predominately online. This has enabled us to offer our goods at significantly reduced prices, as likewise our overheads have been considerably reduced therefore passing our savings on.

The new showroom is just North of London and a 20min train journey from Kings Cross London to Stevenage and a short 10 minute drive from there which we are happy to pick you up from. It is also a 10 minute drive from Hertford North station again which we are happy to pick you up from.

If you are driving it is 10 minutes drive from both the A10 and A1m. Junction 7 on the A10 from Stevenage and the Ware North Junction on the A10.

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CategoryAntique Furniture / Bookcases, Bookshelves and Secretaires / Antique Open Bookcases PeriodEarly Victorian Antiques MaterialFlame Mahogany Item codeas501a616 / 2528

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