Recently, we needed something to hold our VCR (yes, I still watch VHS tapes) so I decided that this would be a perfect use for the bookcase section. So, I stripped and refinished it, repaired the damaged parts, built and installed a new oak top, and replaced the glass. (I left the back off for now, so the cables can exit.) Ta da!
It has a very cool rack and pinion mechanism for sliding the door up and holding it in place. Below, with the door removed:
Below, with the door in place:
Although the back of the case was too far gone to be saved, it still bore the original maker's decal:
In 1892, Fred Macey opened a mail order business in Grand Rapids, Michigan, selling desks and filing cabinets produced by other firms. He soon opened his own factory, producing roll top desks. One year later, in 1893, Otto Wernicke started a furniture firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1892, he had been granted a patent for a "sectional stockcase" and 4 years later a patent for a "separable" bookcase.
In 1897 he moved his firm to Grand Rapids in 1897. In 1904 he went into partnership with the Globe Company of Cincinatti, forming Globe-Wernicke to market his bookcases, which he called "elastic" presumably because they could be stretched out by adding more sections. (Globe had been founded by Henry C. Yeister, who was the first to come up with the idea of the modern filing cabinet where files are stored vertically, rather than stacked horizontally on a shelf.)
|Above, from the web|
|Furniture City History|
|National Geographic, September 1943.|