The Globe-Wernicke Company is commonly known for its bookshelves; although, the company also makes desks and office furniture. The company patented elastic bookcases, also known as modular bookcases. Globe-Wernicke was founded in 1882, according its official website.
In the early 1900s, the business focused on bookshelves in libraries and large businesses. Eventually, the company also began selling to smaller shops and government agencies. Globe-Wernicke bookcases acquired the name "barrister" bookcases because of the popularity the brand found with lawyers and law offices. Although production came to an end by the 1930s, these bookcases are considered popular antiques and are restored with parts available online.