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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 12, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Wonderful set of 4 matching stacks of early tiger oak Globe Wernicke barrister bookcases. I recently bought these from a friend of mine (at considerable time and expense). I would date them to the very early 1900's. They were part of the estate of a local county judge, and used to be in a local courthouse. While it is possible to complete a set such as this, individually, to do so would be a daunting, and costly task.

Each unit is marked across the top cross member with the early Globe Wernicke label, and not the paper label on the back, as is the case with later models. All 4 stacks have the highly desirable ogee tops and bases. All have E bases, and one E unit at the bottom. The rest are D units. 3 of the units are the standard 34 inches in width, the remaining is approx. 28 and 1/2 inches across. The narrower stack is quite rare, and I give you my word that it was manufactured at that size, and has not been cut down by anyone outside the factory.

The narrow stack was found in a small walkway between two larger rooms, and was painted green at one time. It would be a lot easier to remove that paint, than it would be to find another unit of that rare size. You may notice that the narrow stack has one missing. That section will be included with the set. Furthermore, I have done little so far, to clean the stacks. Each individual unit will be personally cleaned by me, and the glass will be wiped down. Also, a few units have some white paint on them, from when the judge's chambers were painted. I will take the time to add photos. While to me, it is merely a minor nuisance, I believe it should be noted(for the sake of full disclosure).

Usually, these units would be worth more if I would sell them individually. However, what we have here is a 100% matching set. Most of these tiger oak units were probably ordered the same day, made the same day, and have always been together. While I readily admit there may have been at least one or two sections added at a later time, I noticed that most had the corresponding #s on top of their cross sections, as further indication that the majority were produced at around the same time period.

I will not, under any circumstances, break this set up. This set will cost you money, because it will save you money. The person who purchases this complete wall unit will be someone who appreciates, and understands the value and importance of this set, and realizes that part of its total value is the convenience of purchasing it, in its entirety, rather than spending a great deal of both time and money, in an attempt to duplicate it.

The added value and beauty that these wonderful examples of Americana would bring far exceeds their starting price. Yes, the starting price is $6500,but, how can one put a value on the immense charm and character they would give to any home, or office setting? I realize that I may never again have the opportunity to own such an impressive set of bookcases. For this reason, In the event this awesome set of tiger oak bookcases doesn't sell, I will strongly consider keeping it for myself.

Please read my about me page, in order to familiarize yourself with my background and experience. I am very proud of the furniture I have found( a few pieces of which have ended up in a couple of museums). Besides uniqueness, every piece of furniture I offer has two things in common: quality, and investment potential.

I will offer shipping on these items. Please be aware that I alone will handle the task of wrapping,boxing, and shipping out each individual piece, myself. Therefore, it may take a two to three weeks for you to receive all of the pieces. Please email me for an approx. shipping quote to your destination.

As a furniture buyer myself, I am fully aware that distance sometimes gives me a disadvantage, particularly when I have to pay more for shipping fees, compared to a bidder who lives closer to an ebay item. Therefore, I am offering to pay 30% of the final shipp...