Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this stunning and very rare John Reid & Sons Victorian Library bookcase in Pollard Burr oak with oxblood leather drop front secretaire desk. A very good looking and rare piece, pollard oak is highly collectable and was used by the finest furniture manufacturers, this piece is stamped to the rear John Reid & Son's 13&14 Park Row Leeds. The bookcase has fully adjustable top shelves, a drop front desk as mentioned with a nicely tooled oxblood leather top, the locks are stamped for Hobbs & Co London and Crofts and Assinder.
In terms of the condition, we have cleaned waxed and polished it from top to bottom, there will be plenty of patina marks from genuine age and honest use, the locks are temperamental and there are two keys present. Reid & Sons a brief history. In 1838 the company received a Royal Appointment from Queen Victoria. The firm, known as Reid & Sons, operated from 12 Dean Street, 14 Grey Street (1843) and 41 Grey Street in Newcastle (1855) and exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and at the 1862 International Exhibition, again held in London. Between 1844 and 1898/9 Reid & Sons sent a number of marine chronometers for trial at Greenwich, coming second in 1844.
On the death of David Reid Snr. In 1868 Christian John Reid ran the company with his brother David Reid Jr. In 1930 the firm was converted into a limited liability company with the name Reid & Sons Ltd. Which in 1967 became a subsidiary of the Northern Goldsmiths Co Ltd, who were founded in Newcastle in 1892. The company has been part of the jewellery group Aurum Holdings since 2004, which is established as'Goldsmiths' with about 160 shops across England and Northern Ireland.
In 2013 Reid & Sons celebrated its 235th anniversary. Among the company's most notable commissions are the FA Cup, the Rugby League Trophy and Ernest Shackleton's chronometer. A timepiece made for the Newcastle & Berwick Railway is in the collection of the Science Museum in London. Examples of their marine chronometers are held in the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in London.
Height:- 278cm top to bottom, top section alone 168cm bottom 110cm, this can be made shorter by removing the top ornate decorative timber. Width:- 157cm bottom, 167cm top. Depth:- 50cm bottom, 34.5cm top. Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask. Royal House Antiques is a privately owned family ran business founded in Wimbledon SW19 and now based in Pulborough RH20.
We specialise in finding, restoring very fine luxury antique leather seating, along with every single other type of antique ranging from the 16. We also stock a number of designer brands such as Fritz Hansen, Ralph Lauren, Cavalli, Charles & Ray Eames, Vitra, David Linley, Rolex, Tiffany, Jager Le Coulter and so on. Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description pertaining to the condition. Royal House Antiques cannot be held liable for any independent assumptions made regarding the items we sell, if you are unsure on any point, please feel free to ask for clarity. Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of creasing and wear, we recommend annual waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.
COURIER, LARGE ITEMS ONLY THAT CAN'T BE POSTED. Whomever delivers will always require help on the larger items to unload, the price you will be quoted will always be based on this assumption, if this is not possible, please let us know as it will affect the price to send a two-person team. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Bookcases".The seller is "royal-house-antiques" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.