Oh, it has been a looooong time since I wrote a “Found” post here on The Gathered Home!
So here’s to reviving my “Found” series here on the blog! Perhaps it’s actually one of the reasons many of you followed my blog in the first place. Hopefully you’ll enjoy hearing about and possibly learning some new things about cool vintage stuff!
I almost had a heart attack when I spotted this 5-stack metal barrister bookcase on Craigslist. Seriously: heart pounding, short of breath, hands shaking as I texted the number in the listing that had already been up for an hour. They called in a vintage medical cabinet in the listing, but I can’t find any indication of a medical history (ha!) for this case. When I googled “metal barrister bookcase”, I found many similar examples made by Globe Wernicke circa the 1920’s. Regardless, I was absolutely thrilled to high-tail it over and pick it up!
The really cool thing about barrister bookcases (besides the awesome glass doors that slide up inside the case to open!) is that they break down into smaller, easily-movable pieces. This one actually breaks down into seven pieces – five sections with glass doors, one base, and one top piece! So I was able to pick it up, bring it home, and get it into the house all by myself while Bryan was out!
Okay, honest truth: it’s really freaking tall, so I was able to stack it four pieces high, but I did need to wait for him to get home to put the fifth piece on top! I felt pretty awesome though, for doing it “all” myself.
The bookcase looks so cool in our dining room that I really hate to see it go! I am normally never drawn to “chippy” style pieces, but I just adore all the character of this one – if I were keeping it, I would use a clear sealer over the chipping paint (and rust spots) and leave it exactly the way it is now.
I’m not sure what that little peeling paper tag means, but I do love its faded lavender color. I’m sure it has something to do with the building this case was used in, but I tried googling “Federal FWC” without conclusive results.
So that’s my most recent find!
So what do you think? Am I crazy for selling this (blame Bryan)? Do you love its chippy finish as much as I do?