Vintage 1930s Mahogany Globe Wernicke Glass Front Bookcase

A very fine example of an authentic Globe Wernicke bookcase. Now a much sought-after collectable coveted by booklovers, Globe Wernicke Company Ltd of London made stacking, modular bookcases, designed for prestigious businesses, institutions and private libraries. It’s a name synonymous with fine quality and superb craftmanship. This modular bookcase is in very good, vintage order and is comprised of five component pieces – the top, two bookcases, a lower cupboard and base. Globe Wernickes are characterised by their retracting glass doors which with a patented mechanism slide into position above the books. And this slimline set features the seldom seen double-door cupboard. A very handsome, stately item of furniture that would be as useful in today’s homes as it was, perhaps in barristers’ offices or a university library, back in the day.

We can arrange fast UK delivery!

SKU: W682


In stock


This is an original, vintage piece that is ‘sold as seen’. It is in good, used condition. We have given the piece a careful clean and polish with a natural beeswax. There are five component parts in total – top, two bookcases, a lower cupboard and the base. The glass doors of the bookcases lift up and slide back with ease as they should (although we would advise this is done with care and a gentle touch).  The internal woodwork is clean and in good order with a few minor marks and scuffs from use here and there. The exterior wood is also in clean, good order. As you would expect with an antique item such as this, there are signs of wear and some scratches and knocks. These are minimal though and do not affect the appeal of the piece in any way – in fact they rather add to it in our view. When stacked the bookcase is solid and stable, slotting into place easily. There are no repairs that we can see. Please refer to our photos for an accurate sense of its great vintage condition. The original maker’s plate can be found at the back of the two bookcase sections. If you would like to view this piece or have any queries, do get in touch.

H: 136cm / W: 87cm / D: 29cm
Internal Max Book Height of Taller Section: 32cm
Internal Max Book Height of Smaller Section: 27cm

We offer free local delivery within a 15 mile radius of CB9 7XU – please get in touch prior to purchase to discuss. Alternatively, we can arrange fast, UK mainland delivery with specialist drivers who cover most of the country (please enquire for Scotland or remote addresses). Our delivery partners are reliable and insured, and we have worked with them for a number of years. We have a weekly collection and onward delivery usually follows 1-3 days later. Please be aware the delivery service we can offer does require some flexibility as the drivers work to predetermined routes with other delivery obligations, but they will keep you updated directly regarding their anticipated timings.
Please refer to our Delivery Information for more details.