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Bookcase attributed to William Volk, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, ca. 1880

Bookcase attributed to William Volk, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, ca. 1880
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This walnut bookcase with glass doors is said to have been made from the frame of a folding bed. The shallow decorative carving suggests the influence of British design reformer Charles Locke Eastlake. The Eastlake style was popular in the United States between 1872 and around 1890.

The bookcase is attributed to William E. Volk of Oconto Falls. Born in Kewaunee, Wisconsin in 1847, Volk came to Oconto Falls with his parents, John and Almira Volk, at the age of ten. He remained in the community until his death at the age of 94 and was an active member of the Oconto County Historical Society. The bookcase descended in the Volk family. Source: Obituary, William Volk, Oconto Falls Herald, April 30, 1942.

This object is the property of the Oconto County Historical Society. The image is part of the Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database, a digital archive of Wisconsin objects. For more information, see content.wisconsinhistory.org/u?/wda,1722
Date: 2008-09-18 04:41:06



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