A good and early pine- and beech wood (elephant) pole ladder. Seven rungs which are folding smoothly into the pole when closing. When opened a very strong and steady library ladder.
In the early days this was used to mount pachyderms in India. Later on adopted by the book loving society to scale the book-clad walls and reach to the highest level. An intriguing library piece, when closed it becomes a well crafted column of wood that announces “A bibliophile lives here”…..
Height: 270 cm, when opened: 242 cm, width: 32 cm.
England, ca. 1840