By De3wii190. Barrister Bookcases & Bookshelves. At Monday, October 07th 2019, 23:46:57 PM.
A barrister looks similar to a traditional bookcase, but instead of being open at the front, each shelf has a glass cover that is hinged at the top. The purpose of these glass covers is to keep objects in the bookcase protected. The hinges open at the top to prevent the doors from getting jammed shut.
While there are some newer versions of this style of bookcase, being built in less expensive and less durable materials a true barrister bookcase is going to be made of quality hardwood. They are going to also be made of high quality glass inserts in the doors and have fine brass features such as handles, knobs and hinges. On the high quality pieces you will find that the joints are put together with dove tail and assorted other traditional methods of fastening rather than more modern methods of screws and nails.
When looking into barrister bookcases that may be antiques there are a few things that you may want to look into before investing in the piece. The first is look for tags, stickers or labels. These are going to indicate the year, the manufacturer and any other information. Antiques have history so you will want to ensure that the piece has some history to it that can be traced.