Original and wonderful example of an Edwardian oak glazed bookcase dresser by Jas Shoolbred & Co.
Two glazed doors with the original hand made glass, with lots of waves, ripples and bubbles in the glass. Amazing the glass has made it this far considering its age dating back between 1901 to 1910.
Look closely at the easily adjustable saw tooth shelf supports, which make adjusting the shelf position a dream. Plus, you have the additional interior detail to enjoy. Another nice detail is they would stamp the top and bottom sections with a serial number, as well as the Jas Shoolbred name, as seen on the drawer edge.
From top to bottom the detail is very nice indeed, the top and bottom sections have V grooved pilasters/columns forming part of the design. This follows through with the same design details used horizontally on the drawer fronts and frames around the drawers.
The door panels are solid oak with the reverse being raised and fielded, a good sign of quality. Catch the light of the curve of the cornice and you see the timber come to life with a wonderful rich colour.
The original brass drop handle drawer pulls are beautifully engineered with a lovely half moon engraving across the back plates. No expense was spared on this piece.
James (Jas) Shoolbred was formed in 1814 and traded right up to 1934. James died in 1862 and sons continued with the business, and the firm was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1885. Their furniture was always displayed together with fabrics and soft furnishings to create room sets for their customers to enjoy, view and inspire. These were often photographed for their annual catalog publication.