Globe Wernicke Art-misson Style Bookcase Unit No. 312 With Leaded Glass Door
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Globe Wernicke Art-misson Style Bookcase Unit No. 312 With Leaded Glass Door:
Globe Wernicke Art-Misson Bookcase Unit No. 312 with Leaded Glass DoorThis is an odd duck, 34-5/8" long, 14-5/16" tall, and 11-1/8" deep (all exterior dimensions). There is no label, so I can't be absolutely certain, but I have carefully read the 1922 G-W catalog that the Library of Congress has made available on its web site and I am confident that this is a Book Section Number 312 in the Art-Mission Style as seen on page 32 of the scanned copy of the catalog. There is only one problem: the catalog describes "wood knobs to match this Craftsman Design" whereas this section has a metal knob, iron (attracts a magnet) that originally had a brass finish on it. Although most Art-Mission book units were sold with a single pane of glass, on page 30 of the scanned copy is a drawing and a note that says "Square leaded glass for Art-Mission style only can be substituted for plain glass at a small extra cost..." and it depicts this glass configuration.This cabinet is made of Oak but the finish is a dark, reddish brown, more suggestive of Mahogany. There is no question that the wood is oak, both quarter-sawn and rift-sawn. In the last of the pictures, the flakes common to quarter-sawn oak can be clearly seen on the carcasse member to the right, whereas the more stable rift-sawn wood was used in the door frame, to the left. I see no indication that this finish was not the original factory finish, odd as it may have been to color Oak in this fashion.You'll also notice that three of the leaded glass panels are broken (one has a missing piece, the others are just cracked). It's an easy enough repair in the hands of someone who knows how it's done. And it also must be said that the finish, although old and probably original, is hardly in immaculate condition, one side especially is badly abraded, pictured below, and there are other bruises scattered about, though none so extreme.The galvanized metal slide on the right-hand side could be smoother and straighter, but the door does slide and all the related hardware is present. Structurally, the unit has no problems, no delamination, no swelling, no loose joints.As nearly as I can tell this unit is not compatible with most G-W styles other than the Art-Mission Style, so if you don't know the name of the style of your library case, look at the pictures, yes, but measure carefully because there are several other G-W library case styles that appear to be similar, but all will have a different height or length or depth. On the other hand, if you have an Art-Mission Style cabinet, especially one with the optional leaded glass doors, and would like to add another section (this tall section was usually used as the lowest section) I don't need to tell you that the opportunity seldom shipping weight of this unit will be about 40 pounds. It will be custom packed in a styrofoam lined box, and fully insured in transit. The cost to any address in the lower 48 states is $65. Local pickup can be easily arranged. If you happen to be coming to Brimfield next month, I'm near the New Hampshire border, just a bit more than an hour away.If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.I have another stacking bookcase piece, a Macey One-Drawer Base, listed on (ending on Monday, the 29th) that you can see here.