This very sturdy and usable step ladder came from the French national library in Paris. It is very well made, with mortice and tenon construction, from the French pine that could easily pass for American Southern yellow pine. The original gray paint is pleasantly worn. The is a stenciled “BN” on one side. The front is decorated with “BN Paris” as well applied carved volutes. A shelf at the top with an applied molded edge is perfect for resting heavy volumes.