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Account book of George A. Brown, Boston, Mass., 1839-1844

Description

"Account book of George A. Brown from Oct 1, 1839" [inscribed on front page] to 1844 [date of last entry]. The Boston City Directory lists Brown as a cabinetmaker, whose shop was located on Blackstone St., and whose residence was on Belknap St. His accounts list the purchase of mahogany and veneers from Kittredge and Blake, furniture, on Brattle St., who evidently bartered the raw materials (in part) in exchange for finished pieces and/or frames for upholstered pieces. He also occasionally contracts out carving to other cabinetmakers (Follansbee and Wingate). A considerable amount of carved work (arms, toes, tops for ladies chairs, etc.) is sold to Edward Hixon, upholsterer. Also itemized are names of employees, hours/days worked, and occasionally the nature of the services rendered.

The method of keeping accounts seems to have changed in 1843, so that there is a problem of interpretation here that someone familiar with the convention of keeping such books will be able to understand.

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Details

Collection Name
Account books collection
Collection Code
MS002
Dates
1839-1844
Acquisition Type
Museum Purchase
Date of Acquisition
1987
Physical Description
1 account book
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
Other identifier: Account book 123
GUSN
194326
Reference Code
MS002.123

Record details

Descriptive Terms
Boston, MA
George A. Brown
cabinetmaker
chairs (furniture forms)
Material Type
account books

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