An ornate polished cast iron three part shelf or bookcase, with nine shelves of adjustable height. The uprights are decorated with scrolls, rosettes, and floral motifs.
Made by Lucy & Co of Oxford, as marked to the foot of each end, formerly used in the library of the London Patent office.
Marked: PERFECT ADJUSTING SHELVING LAMBERT PATENT MANUF’D BY W. LUCY & Co LTD ENGINEERS & FOUNDERS OXFORD
Provenance: The first floor library of The New Patent Office, Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane, Holborn, London. Built: 1902. Designed by: Sir Henry Tanner (1849-1935) and Sir John Taylor (1833-1912).