Lawyers Bookcase

From: Dan Simon
Date: 24 May 1999
Time: 16:46:03
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Hi- I have a lawyer's bookcase that I acquired from my great aunt. It is composed of stacking sections, each with a glass front, and a small drawer at the bottom. On each section is stamped: "Macey" Sectional Book Cases Manufactured by The Fred Macey Co LTD Grand Rapids Mich. USA

and a list of patents and dates ranging from 1898 - 1901.

From what I have read, Fred Macey was a Michigan furniture manufacturer that went bankrupt in 1902.

Anyhow, the bookcase is in pretty good shape but the finish on top is rather broken and cracked, with a few bare spots. There is mild alligatoring on the sides. A couple of the mechanicals need repair - the case fronts slide into a recess in the cases but the gears are rather sticky. Also it is missing two of its original knobs. It appears to have its original glass and shellac finish throughout.

My question is how do I get the finish restored? If the finish on top is in such bad shape should it be stripped? And how do I find an expert in my area (San Diego, CA) that I can trust to give me good counsel on this piece?

Thanks, Dan Simon San Diego, CA I just get it