Antique bookcases consist of a number of shelves some fixed others adjustable, open-fronted, glazed doors or sliding doors, usually with fitted locks. Antique bookcases rather than the much later reproduction open type, normally had cupboards which could store larger books on their side.
Early antique bookcases were in the main made of oak, the oldest in England was late 16th century, being basic shelved galleries. The traditional glazed antique bookcase was being made in England around the mid 18th century, by some of our most famous cabinet makers Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) and later that century Thomas Sheraton (1751-1806).
There are plenty of designs for antique bookcases, but one that stands out in my mind is the dual purpose pivot and post revolving bookcase. It was invented by an American John Danner in the third quarter of the 19th century and became popular in England in the late 19th/early 20th century.

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