Here is a clip art image of a beautiful antique cabinet. The magazine article I scanned this illustration from refers to this lovely piece of furniture as a cabinet “For the Music-Room”. The cabinet was made of green ash, highly polished, and had a good-sized beveled mirror attached to the top. I wondered how this cabinet would be useful to a music room in the late 1800s and my question was answered by the following excerpt from the article:
“The large compartment, which closes with a lock and key, is divided vertically by thin walls, so that the music can be slipped in in sheet form… The drawer is also plenty large enough to accommodate folio music, while song books, etc. can be placed on the side shelves, as they are less likely to be damaged. The upper shelves are intended for holding photographs of famous singers, musicians and the like, or for busts of the same.” The image is from the November 1899 issue of The Designer magazine.
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