Gunn Barrister Bookcase


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.



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!



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

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  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.

    • 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.

  2. mark wissinger
    Posted April 25, 2020 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    I restore and refinish antique furniture. I have restored two of the Gunn sectional bookcases, and they are some of my favorite pieces that I would not part with. Like yours, they have the triangle label on the back (pretty much the same condition.) The price you paid is an absolute steal, particularly given the condition. Way to go!

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