The History of Hale Barrister Bookcases Made in Herkimer, NY

July 16, 2018

Hale Barrister Bookcase glass receding door shelf section

In 1907, F.E. Hale, a designer of sectional bookcases, formed F. E. Hale Mfg. Co. to produce and market his signature Barrister Bookcases in Herkimer, New York. Built with solid wood and lasting quality, these early period Hale Herkimer bookcases have captured the attention of antique furniture collectors. Hale bookcase enthusiasts are often surprised to discover Hale Mfg. Co is still building top quality sectional Barrister Bookcases, using the same solid construction, top quality, sustainably sourced North American hardwood and timeless style.


Hale Barrister Bookcases, Herkimer NY since 1907


The Move from Herkimer, NY to Frankfort NY

Over the past century, Hale Mfg. Co. has expanded from three small buildings in Herkimer, NY to an 80,000 square foot facility in nearby Frankfort. A family business for generations, Hale continues to grow, adding home, school and library shelving, desks and reading tables to its product line, while continuing the traditions of real wood joinery and American built-to-last quality.


Hale Barrister Bookcase made in Herkimer, NY

Over 100 Years of Innovation

Over 111 years ago, F.E. Hale recognized a need for an easy-to-expand shelving system to match the fast paced, ever-changing innovations of the early 20th century. The sturdy, stackable, interchangeable Hale barrister style sectional bookcase fits just as well in the rapidly evolving “on demand” 21st century. The customizable Hale Barrister Bookcase is easy to move, reconfigure, and adapt to organize just about anything.


Hale Barrister Bookcase stackable shelf sections

Brand New Bookcases With the Same Design and Solid Wood Construction

The classic style Hale Heritage and Legacy Barrister Bookcases encompass the Hale tradition of clean, simple design. The Millennium Barrister Bookcase collection adds a modern touch to the traditional lift and slide receding shelf doors with a wider door frame design. All three styles blend seamlessly into any décor from traditional to transitional.

Hale Heritage Barrister Bookcases in a law office

Proudly Made in the USA Since 1907

Hale Barrister Bookcases continue to delight all generations – from those who revel in the history of a collectible vintage bookcase to those who want a brand new shelving system with a legacy of lasting value for years to come, proudly made in the U.S.A. Order new Hale Barrister Bookcases.