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Stacking bookcases, also known as "barrister bookcases", were introduced in the early 20th century. They consisted of a series of glass fronted and almost dust proof cabinets each of which held one row of books, together with a cornice which was fitted to the top cabinet, and plinth which fitted underneath the bottom cabinet and finished off the bookcase. The number of cabinets could be varied depending on the customer's requirements, but most comprised between 3 and 6 cabinets. About 1900 there were over 20 companies producing stacking bookcases, but the largest and best known manufacturer was the Globe Wernicke Company, a United States company with factories in the US, Canada, Britain, France and Germany. Their book cabinets were produced to a standard length, with variable depths. A Globe Wernicke bookcase always carries the manufacturer's name, either on a paper label, an ivory coloured tag, a metal plate or a stamp on each sectional piece. The fashion for stackable bookcases only lasted about 30 years, and by the 1930s production and sales were in decline.
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A good New Zealand colonial carved rimu whatnot bookcase with provenance, the carved top with a pair of exotic birds above the sectional tiered vertical display shelves with carved framing above four open shelves with carved edge and turned supports. The t

An American oak sectional barrister's bookcase, in five sections with sliding, glazed panel doors, 1920 x 870 x 30 cm

A pair of impressive Art Deco wall units with original fittings, burr walnut with fitted leather interior, bronze nickle plated handles, four doors and sectional shelving, 222 cm high, 182 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A mahogany Globe Wernicke stacking sectional bookcase three sections with typically fitted fall front glass doors, 90 cm wide, 31 cm deep, 125 cm high.

Globe Wernicke bookcase, labelled inner cabinet, approx 130 cm high, 90 cm wide, 38 cm deep

Globe Wernicke barrister's bookcase in original condition

Globe Wernicke four piece barrister bookcase, 116.5 cm tall. Three glass doored shelves with drawer at bottom. Retains old Company label

An English oak glazed barristers bookcase in 4 sections by Globe Wernicke

An English oak glazed barristers bookcase in 4 sections by Globe Wernicke

An English oak glazed barrister's bookcase of five sections by 'Globe Wernicke'

A stackable bookcase maker globe-Wernicke Ltd bookcase, four sections each with glazed door on a plinth. 187 cm high, 87 wide.

An early 20th century English oak stackable bookcase with glazed sliding doors

German sectional bookcase. Ebonised finish with five lifting glass doors

Bookcase late 19th century sectional maker 'Gun furniture Co' Rapids Michigan USA