Gunn Barrister Bookcase

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Last week I was so excited to bring home this three section barrister bookcase for $150.00. It was a great price. I love the look of old lawyer bookcases and they are perfect to display collections. Each of the sections are a different height. The bottom is the tallest. For the time being, mine is displaying my Roseville pottery and a collection of advertising items from my great-grandfather’s garage and towing company.

This bookcase was manufactured by Gunn Furniture Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Gunn Furniture company was in business from the 1890’s until the early 1950’s. I love the curved top and bottom on this piece.

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I always like finding old labels on furniture. Barrister bookcases usually have paper labels or stamps with the maker and the measurements of each section. I found a paper label on the back of the top of the case, but didn’t think it had labels inside each section. When I got the piece home and was cleaning it, I happily noticed that each section did have lightly stamped labels. They are very hard to read but they are there. Yippee!

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I’m so happy to have another place to display my finds!

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2 Comments

  1. Dan Hudson
    Posted November 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I just purchased a Gunn stackable bookcase with a pigeonhole section and was researching its history on line.
    Ours has the same triangle logo as yours . It apparently was only used between 1899 and 1913. It is the logo for the “Furniture Manufactures Association of Grand Rapids”. Beautiful piece.
    Dan

    • Tammy
      Posted November 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dan! Your find sounds amazing! We’d love to see pictures of it! Thanks for sharing the information.

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