Friday, February 08, 2008

Retrouvius answer to old shelving

Retrouvius, Kensal Green London


Above: shelves in The Patent Office in Chancery Lane before they were removed


Above: Shelves for sale at Retrouvius


Above: Decorative cast iron ends of the shelves


Above: A Victorian cast iron table with filigree mask, top covered in leather vinyl fabric also taken from the Patent Office

A few years ago The Patent Office in Chancery Lane was converted into offices and Retrouvius have bought a large quantity of its furniture which has been hidden in storage for a while but is quickly become unearthed. Adjustable library shelving forms the bulk of the consignment. But there are also a number of cast iron tables. The shelving was made in Oxford by W.Lucy & Co, Engineers and Founders, using the Lambert Patent Perfect Adjustable system. Decorative brackets finally cast in classical style with spring-loaded arms clip into the uprights and can be slid to any height. All elements can be repainted to any colour required.

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