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Details about  Globe-Wernicke stacking bookcase shelves 4 sectional w/ top shelf glass antique

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Globe-Wernicke stacking bookcase shelves 4 sectional w/ top shelf glass antique
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May 23, 2012
US $600.00
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Item location:
Ashby, Massachusetts, United States


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Item specifics

Type: Bookcases Age: 1900-1950
Style: Mission, Arts & Crafts Original/Reproduction: Original
Region of Origin: America

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4 stacking  shelves 

sectional bookcase measurements total all pieces : 34" x 54 5/8" x 11"

Globe- Wernicke
all have the original stickers inside
stickers read : GLOBE-WERNICKE SECTIONAL BOOKCASE MADE IN CINCINNATI STANDARD D 8 1/2 UNIT PATTERN 108  GRADE 398 (the top one in my picture) ; the next one reads the same except 12 1/4 (size) and 398 (grade); the next: 10 1/4 (size) and 297 (grade); then 12 1/4 (size) and 297 (grade)
some loss to the top piece (which can be moved)
in my picture the second to the top shelf is missing its original knob- it has been replaced 
Pick up available Ashby MA ( near Fitchburg MA & Rindge NH)

sold as is - some wear to wood and missing knob has a replacement, all original glass


The Globe-Wernicke Company was formed as a result of the Cincinnati based Globe Files Company (est. in 1882) purchasing the Minneapolis based Wernicke Companyin 1899. The company is best known for their high end bookcasesDesks, and other office furniture. Globe Wernicke established factories in the United StatesUnited KingdomFrance and Germany.

The company patented the 'elastic bookcases' also known as a modular bookcase. These were a 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 re-arranged by the insertion of units of different depths and heights. These glass fronted shelves now are proving to be collectable, desirable and usable antiques - with regularity these bookcases appear in auctions and internet sites and, what originally cost $75 or so will now be sold for $900 or more.[1]

During World War II 90% of the company's business in the US was converted to produce military equipment.

[edit]Mergers and acquisitions

  • In September 1955, the company was purchased by the City Auto Stamping Company of Toledo, Ohio.[2]
  • In 1963 Globe-Wernicke acquires the Weis Manufacturing Company, and changes the company name to Globe-Weis Systems Company.
  • In 1987 American Trading and Production Company purchases Globe-Weis, and operates them under new name - ATAPCO Office Products Group.
  • In 2000 Cardinal Brands Inc. of Lawrence, Kansas is formed merging Globe-Weis and four other brands. [3]

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