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 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
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