Antique Barrister Bookcase Top Section Globe Wernicke Pattern 841 & Grade 298 1/2 in Tiger Oak Style. Measures 34 1/4" long, 11 1/2" wide and 3 high. Has some normal age wear but is quite solid & sturdy and nothing re-painted or refinished - see my 10 photos.
It retains the original Globe Wernicke label. It weighs 10 pounds 4 ounces.
A barrister bookcase is a solid-backed, free-standing bookcase. Traditionally, each shelf is enclosed with a single glass door that hinges along the top of the shelf. Each shelf is actually separable in traditional models, more like a suitcase for books. Modern barrister bookcases may not have the glass door or may choose to have other sorts of doors, including solid doors.
They may also not be separable shelves. The History of a Barrister Bookcase: Built to Stack.
Historically, a barrister bookcase was a series of self-contained shelves that could stack on top of one another into a free-standing bookshelf. Barristers would travel to courts and needed to be able to cart their pre-internet law library with them. By having each shelf close and separate, they could be carried as cases. Because barrister bookcases gained popularity in the Dickensian era, mid- to later- 19th century, antique barrister bookcases frequently feature thicker glazed or leaded glass.
As they had to travel, they are historically stolid bookshelves. Modern copies of the style may not be made with solid, natural wood to withstand the bumps and grinds of the road. Traditional barrister bookcase designs also would not have feet, since each unit can be stacked on the other regardless of position.
The Globe-Wernicke was an American furniture company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The company was founded in 1893, and specialized in the design and manufacture of military equipment.
The Globe-Wernicke was formed as a result of the Cincinnati based Globe Files Company est. In 1882 purchasing the Minneapolis based Wernicke Company, founded in 1893 by Otto Wernicke, in 1899. The company is best known for their high-end bookcases, Desks, and other office furniture.Globe Wernicke established factories in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Germany. The company patented the "elastic bookcases" also known as a modular bookcase or barrister's bookcase. These were high-quality stacking book shelves, with a standard width of 34 inches, in oak, walnut and mahogany, capable of being adapted to fit together to form a bookcase which could either be all of the same measurements or which could be rearranged by the insertion of units of different depths and heights. These glass-fronted shelves are today collectible antiques highly desired by collectors. During World War II 90% of the company's business in the US was converted to produce military equipment.
The item "Antique Barrister Bookcase Top Section Globe Wernicke 841 298 1/2 Tiger Oak" is in sale since Sunday, July 4, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Bookcases".The seller is "spooknook" and is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.