Arts and crafts oak Library steps

Arts and Crafts Library Steps

This is a beautiful piece of late 19th-century arts and crafts library furniture, a traditional A-frame set of library steps. The top step is a large rectangular platform, with two inset smaller treads below. The frame of the stool is adorned with shaped aprons and held together by plain stretchers. The rear supports of the stool are raised on the original large brass cap castors, with unusual wheels. On the left-hand side of the library steps, there is a large turned oak supporting rail, which terminates with a turned knop finial.

This library step is a great addition to any home, offering a decorative and functional piece of furniture. The large platform top makes it stable, while the two inset smaller treads provide easy access to ascend.

The brass cap castors and rubber wheels make it easy to move around, while the turned oak supporting rail offers extra support when getting on and off the steps. The turned knop finial adds a distinctive character to the piece.

In conclusion, this traditional A-frame library step is a beautiful and practical piece of furniture. It features a large rectangular platform top, two inset smaller treads, brass cap castors, rubber wheels, a turned oak supporting rail, and a turned knop finial. This step stool is sure to be a great addition to any library or private office.

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Arts and Crafts Set of Oak Library Steps

Stock Number: 56196

Good quality Arts and Crafts set of oak library steps of a generous scale. Provenance: Private collection, Yorkshire
Manchester University Library



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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 198 cm (78 inches)
  • Width: 51 cm (20 inches)
  • Depth: 75 cm (29.5 inches)
  • Top Step Height: 79.5 cm (31.5 inches)
  • Top Step Depth: 28 cm (11 inches)


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