Globe-Wernicke Elastic bookcases

Lot #287: Three-high Globe Wernicke sectional stacking bookcase Lot #287: Three-high Globe Wernicke sectional stacking bookcase
Lot #287: Three-high Globe-Wernicke sectional stacking bookcase

We occasionally have vintage Globe-Wernicke ‘Elastic’ bookcases come up for sale at our auctions – like this one we have entered this week.

Globe-Wernicke was founded in 1899 in Cincinnati, Ohio. One of the founders of the company, Otto Wernicke, had previously patented the ‘Elastic bookcase’ in 1892 – the forerunner to all those modular shelving systems we know today. Today, they’re also commonly known as ‘barrister bookcases’. They were so successful that they soon expanded their manufacturing internationally to Canada, France, Germany and here in the UK. They opened retail outlets in London and Manchester.

Globe-Wernicke modules are now hugely popular items of furniture; they’re in great demand for storing books but also for displaying collections such as vintage pottery & glass, antique toys and fossils & taxidermy.

Here are a few ads from the time publicising Globe Wernicke ‘Elastic’ bookcases:

Vintage ad for Globe Wernicke elastic bookcases

Vintage ad for Globe Wernicke elastic bookcases

Vintage ad for Globe Wernicke elastic bookcases

Vintage ad for Globe Wernicke elastic bookcases

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General and Caldene Antique Centre closing down sales

Antiques sign from Carlen Antique Centre

This week, we’re having two days of sales. Our usual general sale taking place on Friday 11th August and Caldene Antique Centre closing down sale on Saturday 12th August.

Lot #385: Large antique pineapple finial

Lot #385: Large antique pineapple finial

Unusual highlights from Friday’s sale include an album of Lily White sample photographs and boxes of glass plate negatives, a set of antique cast iron stair balustrades, a Medieval knight and maiden printing block and an antique stone finial taking the form of a pineapple.

Lot #353: Cast iron stair balustrades

Lot #353: Cast iron stair balustrades

Saturday’s Caldene sale includes an antique sage manufactured by Cyrus Price & Co Ltd, a vintage Triang child’s pram and a large selection of shop display and shelving units.

Lot #1: Cyrus Price & Co Ltd safe with 2 keys

Lot #1: Cyrus Price & Co Ltd safe with 2 keys