1930s Stackable Lawyer’s bookcase by Gunn Furniture Co.

1930s Stackable Lawyer’s bookcase by Gunn Furniture Co.


1930s stackable lawyer’s bookcase, Gunn Furniture Co.


Glass-front lawyer’s bookcase from the 1930s, made by Gunn Furniture Co. in Michigan. Four individual cases can be stacked (as shown) or displayed as separate or multiple units. Vintage finished oak.

Dimensions: 60”H x 36”W x 14”D.

The company’s initial products were folding beds. As early as 1893 folding beds began to decline in popularity, so the company changed its name and its products to roll-top desks, sectional bookcases, letter filing devices, and similar goods. By 1896 the company boasted that it produced 80 styles of desks. In the 1910s and ‘20s the company produced sectional bookcases that included a module with pigeonholes and a fold-down desktop. Cases were made in walnut, mahogany, imitation mahogany, and quartered oak. In the mid-1920s Gunn introduced its trademark “Lino” desks and cafeteria tables, which had wood frames and black linoleum surfaces.


As early as 1914, Gunn began to mark its furniture with the work “GUNN” in upper-case block letters, underlined on the bottom and slightly concave in their alignment on top. Desks and tables in the “Lino” line also are marked with the work “LINO” in block letters, with the foot of the “L” underlining the other letters. In the 1930s the trademark was modernized with a large upper case “G,” with part of the “G” underlining the “UNN”.

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