Antique Bookcases

In the old days, all wood furniture was built by master craftsman. These antique bookcases are a testament to their artistry and vision. They are made of the finest woods, built to perfection, very sturdy, and can hold anything you put on their shelves. However, you will probably only want to put your older books here, for the sake of tradition.

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Elegant curio cabinet with glass doors. Construction is made of wood with antique finish. It contains 3 drawers in various sizes and 6 shelves for storing books or display decorations. Stylish accent for each living room.

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The Bramble Company - Weathered Black Edwardian Library Bookcase

Dress up your kitchen while adding valuable cabinet space with this old-fashioned china cabinet. Designed for the top to fit flat against a ceiling, you cannot beat the ornate beauty of the upper surround. Glass panels display your fine china or collectibles.

Antique Style Small Mahogany Open Bookcase - For Sale

This beautiful retro-style Black Curio Cabinet is a real masterpiece made of fine painted and natural wood. Glass-case looks elegant and neat and is perfect for placing some precious books or ornaments.

Useful bookcase that represents nice British Colonial style. It perfectly fits antique stylizations. Durable wooden frame includes some decorative accents. Storage shelves are hidden behind durable glass doors.

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What type of interior will antique bookcases match?

Antique bookcases are perfect in most period interiors inspired from previous centuries (such as Edwardian, Victorian, or Colonial), especially when they include several sophisticated details and carvings.

On the contrary, antique bookcases with simpler designs can work in more modern and traditional interiors depending on their style and finish.

For example, an antique bookcase in a dark wood finish wouldn’t look out of place in a nautical décor, whereas a model with a distressed look could match a French country setting.

Where to best shop for antique bookcases?

The best place to shop for antique bookcases is Foter as we include a wide range of models from both Amazon and Wayfair, two of the best online shopping platforms when it comes to furniture.

You can use Foter to start with a helpful, picture-based overview of different models, narrow down your search once you’ve figured out what type of antique bookcases you’re after, and have your most pressing questions answered immediately on the same page.

How do I identify an antique bookshelf?

These are some telltale signs to look for in order to identify an antique bookcase:

  • Check dovetail joints: if they’re perfectly shaped and symmetrical, that usually means that they were cut by a machine, indicating that this particular period-looking bookcase might not actually be antique (in fact, machines only started to be used to cut furniture in 1860)
  • As well as by the joints, impeccable symmetry overall might mean the same
  • Look for labels and stamps with manufacturing information
  • Centuries ago, it wasn’t common to use precious wood in spots that you couldn’t really look at. Check the back of your bookcase and the inside of its drawers and cupboards: if you spot a different type of wood, that probably means that what you’re looking at is an authentic antique bookcase (yay!)
  • Unlike authentic antique pieces, some models are now designed and manufactured to look worn out (for example, to match shabby chic decor); real antique bookcases will probably also have some proper signs of wear, such as by the drawer runners


Phenomenal bookcase made of wood and finished with carefully made carvings. Includes open shelves and cabinet with double doors. Adds freshness and elegance to all kinds of interior.

Now that’s an astonishing piece of furniture. An exceptional, Victorian walnut bookcase, with subtle gothic elements. Perfect for an elegant and classy living room, bound to give it a unique, antique vibe.

This cabinet with glass doors is some reference to tradition, but also a way to decorate your room. Such cabinet is not only practical thing. Perfectly adorns and decorates the room in which it is located.

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Fine mahogany wood used to manufacture this cabinet ensures that the construction is tough and sturdy in favour of years of enjoyable usage. Bun feet and glass panel doors enhance the traditionally influenced look.

Love this cute, little bookcase!

Never thought that a mix of finishes can look so good in a front room decor. This indoor area comprises three different bookcases of totally varied styles, but they still look good with each other. Must try that at my home.

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Antique bookshelves are an elegant way to expose your favorite titles. Beautiful wooden construction painted white in the interior, bringing style and lightness to it. Perfect for a living room or office.

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This rustic bookcase shall enchant everyone, who enjoys vintage design. Deriving from Amish design, made from solid pine, this 60" bookcase features 3 adjustable shelves. Its stained finish guarantees durability.

Now you can display your knick-knacks without worrying about damaging them. This hardwood bookcase drowns in a cherry finish, featuring 1 smaller- and 1 larger cabinet - both enclosed by clear glass paneled doors.

It is a very nice and stylish bookcase with a square top and three shelves for books or decorations. It is a classic product made of durable wood with a rich rosewood finish. The overall product size is 48.01" H x 18.01" W x 17.51" D.

This antique style white bookcase is a must have for all shabby chic enthusiasts. Finished with great bas-relief top, fits great into vintage interiors, enhancing them with elegance and chic.

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... Walnut Bookcase - Late Victorian Louis XV Manner Walnut Open Bookcase

A high style bookcase in a mission style made of the warm shade of wood is a perfect solution for the office and more. The glass door of the cabinet allows to expose the contents, and the whole is presented elegantly.

I looooove this door, I wonder if I could DIY it? Catalina Island Door Bookcase

Reclaimed Bookcase from Full Circle Designs! This piece incorporates reclaimed barn wood, pallet wood, antique oak bed rails, a screen door, and barbed wire. ~385 SALE!! Was 500!

Crafted of solid Oak wood with no veneer, this bookcase sparkles with functionality and old-fashioned flair and long-lasting usage. It comes with beveled glass doors that conceal four cubic compartments.

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A small antique bookcase, which thanks to its charming, vintage character can smoothly be a shabby chic kitchen or dining room cabinet. Ideal to store glasses or dinnerware, it will enchant with its ornate finish.

Showcase leatherbound classics and antique decor on this elegant bookcase, featuring a weathered white finish and carved accents. ...

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If you are a fan of stylish Art Nouveau furniture, you need to have this two door bookcase with beautiful glass doors. It adds a style into any interior in your home. The wooden construction brigns the solidity into the room.

Barrister bookcases. Love these. Have two. Go craigslist! :-) ~Jena'

An element that plays a decorative and functional role in the house. It is a bookcase that features a stylish construction - it looks very attractive in different types of indoors. The product offers four shelves.

A high quality glass cabinet with reclaimed wood frame. Its solid wooden construction features no veneers. One shelf hidden behind doors provides space for books and other items. This practical cabinet can also play the role of a stylish addition to any room.

It is a set that includes two of four stack barrister bookcases with leaded glass. They have got beautiful details, solid white oak construction, hand rubbed finish and traditional design.

This is a very practical cabinet, which comprises five shelves. The cabinet provides the ability to organize your things in a nice, elegant, but also organized according to your chosen system. It is ideal for those who like peace and order.

Garden-Side Library. Keep your favorite garden reference books right inside the shed in a nifty bookcase. Protected from dust and debris by a pair of eight-pane windows that serve as doors, the books are arranged on three deep shelves. A piece of crown m

This kind of product is a multifunctional element that can be used as a convertible table with glass top. It can be also used as a bookshelf. It assures plenty of space for the storage or display of different items.

This is definitely not an ordinary bookcase - it will superbly complete your English-themed interior space! It has four tiers for display, and it flaunts an original style refering to a look of a London telephone booth.

The cabinet, which combines glass door and a lockable cabinet is the perfect combination. Such is the cabinet. The lower portion is a closed cabinet. The upper part is glazed. This furniture has a very nice brown color.

Need to expand your options for storing books? This 7 shelves bookcase offers lots of storage space, there are two cabinets to boot, and the central part is wide enough to be utilized as entertainment center.

Small oak 4 section Globe Wernicke style bookcase

A piece of furniture that has got a display and storage function. This is a corner cabinet that features glass doors and two storage shelves. Its top area is equipped with a small storage drawer. The product is made of mahogany wood.

Comely set of two corner cabinets with traditional look. They have space-saving design with sliding doors that protect the belongings from dust. These cabinets are multi-functional and can be arranged in many different interior settings.

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Triple door solid mahogany antique bookcase

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