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Eoghan....he's not actually allowed up there.  He's Andy's cat when he's being bad....

by ElaineinNM on Fri Sep 3rd, 2010 at 07:14:24 PM EST
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Hmmm interesting - a Bilnäs stackable glass cupboard unit with added non-factory issue leading. The vertically opening door slides back into the roof of the cupboard. Very Scandinavian (apart from the leading and the cat) ;-)

The Deco china inside would greatly interest a dealer friend of mine in Essex.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 4th, 2010 at 03:52:41 AM EST
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Gee, I had no idea! What do you think for a date?

  It, the cabinet, not the cat, came out of my Dad's house and I had assumed it was an old New England piece. I always thought it had come out of my grandparents house from the early part of the 1900's. My folks always called it a barrister bookcase. The bottom three units have plain glass and all the units have these interesting brass straps and corner decorations.   I don't know if they were all originally leaded, or if the top was a replacement piece.

by ElaineinNM on Sat Sep 4th, 2010 at 11:54:47 AM EST
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The original designs are in fact US Mid-Western dating to before the 1880s. The range included rolltop desks, cupboards and wooden swivel chairs - the sorts of things you would see in Sheriff's offices in post-Civil War Westerns. They were originally made of oak and were quite heavy.

Sometime before 1900, a Finnish furniture company, based at a place west of Helsinki called Bilnäs (Beakness), bought the rights to the design to make the range in Finland. It was copied exactly. In the 30's a lot of the Finnish range was available in birch. And new designs were added for contract furnishing. Post-WWII a lot of it was taken out of offices and burnt in the yard, fired by a general desire to get away from 'Dour'. Marimekko was a successful post-war company because it brought colour to the home.

Anyway I used to have a house full of Bilnäs, but when you're on the move more it gets to be a drag needing 4 guys every time to move your roll top. I've still get some cupboards and chairs, but I finally sold the old roll top before this last move.

And in the synchronicity dept: the maestro of distressing, who builds all the Bonk machines and artefacts, is currently making exact reproductions of your barrister's bookcase. They sell very well.


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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 4th, 2010 at 01:51:04 PM EST
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The label says Globe-Wernicke Company out of Cincinnati Ohio.

See them all over the place in the Midwest.  The stacks were interchangeable with clear, leaded, leaded-beveled sections.  You'll find them in all sorts of different configurations.


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by ATinNM on Sat Sep 4th, 2010 at 02:09:15 PM EST
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A Bilnäs fancier with far greater knowledge than me once told me about the original US company, but the details are long gone.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 4th, 2010 at 02:16:40 PM EST
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Hard to put a date on it, but I would guess Edwardian (first decade of the 20th C) by the wood colour and finish. I'll have to unpack some more books and see if I can find my Bilnäs bible.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 4th, 2010 at 02:01:39 PM EST
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The china is a discounted Studio Nova line called Attitudes.

We bought ours when Mikasa was 'last chance' remaindering them out.

Its a good quality 'everyday-fancy' set of tableware.  

The bookcase is US normal 1910 era design.  We like the Craftsman, as it is called here, furniture and between inheriting some and buying the rest - before it became popular and prices skyrocketed - we have quite a bit of it.  Looks great in our 1910 era mud hut adobe home.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Sep 4th, 2010 at 01:57:11 PM EST
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I should have said Deco-themed;-)

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 4th, 2010 at 02:02:59 PM EST
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