Pair of Matching Vintage Morris of Glasgow Bookcases with Glass Doors
Smart and practical, glass-front bookcases keep you beloved books and treasures on display but protected from dust and knocks. This handsome pair will give you masses of storage, including a generous double-door cupboard for the things you don’t want on show. All the shelves are height adjustable or can be removed for added flexibility. Made by renowned furniture makers, Morris of Glasgow, in the late 1960s / early 1970s, they are beautifully constructed in warm, richly grained teak with exposed external dovetail joints, clearly showing the solid craftsmanship and their high regard for fine wood. We’re keeping this pair of bookcases together, partly because that’s how they were originally acquired but also because they look so handsome in the same space. Although unmistakably mid-century, these neutral pieces would fit into a more traditionally-styled room from lounge to family space to hallway to bedroom.
This original, vintage pair of bookcases are ‘sold as seen’. They are in very good – excellent, used condition. We have thoroughly cleaned the pieces inside and out. A natural beeswax polish has been applied to the exterior wood surfaces and the glass cleaned with an all-natural cleaner. All four sliding glass doors (two glass panels on each piece) are in very good order with no chips and they slide with ease in their grooves. The two doors on the large bookcase have hinges and closures in good order. The left hand door features a lower inside bolt. There are height-adjustable shelves in both bookcases as shown and all the original wooden pegs are present. The interior wood is clean and tidy with only light, superficial signs of use. The exterior wood also has only minor wear and tear which can be mainly seen on the top surface of the small book case – there’s some fading here and faint rings which we’ve shown in a photo. It’s very faint and not wildly noticeable. It doesn’t detract from the bookcase’s appeal. There are many photos which show the super condition throughout. Overall this is a really well-made, solidly constructed pair with no signs of repair. Sadly there is no maker’s mark although there are original label remnants visible on the backs. However, we can attribute these to Morris of Glasgow, a highly reputable midcentury furniture maker, who produced lots of different configurations of glass-fronted cabinets. We can see their signature handles on the larger bookcase.
SMALL BOOKCASE: H: 77.5cm / W: 69cm/ W: 28cm
LARGE BOOKCASE: H: 145cm / W: 69cm/ W: 28cm