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"Chairs. Rockers"

CC010.001.006 (RS245315)


Album of design drawings produced by A. H. Davenport Co. titled: "Chairs. Rockers." The title is printed on the spine in gold on a red leather label. The company name is printed in black on the front cover; the volume number "6" is also printed in black on the spine. Album has a beige fabric covering and 204 pages, many of which are now loose. There are 111 pages which have 568 drawings in pencil or ink on trace affixed with glue. The remaining 92 pages are blank. Drawings depict a variety of chairs manufactured by the firm including dining chairs, easy chairs, desk chairs, hall chairs and rocking chairs. Drawings often contain handwritten information including dimensions, wood type, model numbers, date, customer name and detailer initials. Named customers include: A. D. Club (Cambridge, MA); E. D. Adams; J. J. Albright (Buffalo, NY); Alex Brown Co.; Mrs. C. B. Alexander; R. N. Allen; American Security & Trust Co. (Washington, D. C.); Hobart Ames (North Easton, MA); W. P. Anderson; B. W. Arnold (Albany, NY); F. R. Babcock (Pittsburgh, PA); Bay State Trust; T. G. Bennett; W. S. Benson; Henry Forbes Bigelow (Boston, MA); D. Birdsall; Blodgett Merrit and Co. (New York, NY); Boston Medical Library (Boston, MA); Mrs. J. C. Breckenridge; Mrs. P. C. Brooks (West Medford, MA); Mrs. E. S. Brown; Louis Cabot; Carnegie Institute; Chicago Clearing House (Chicago, IL); C. F. Cushman; Dedham Court House (Dedham, MA); Dedham Polo Club (Dedham, MA); Eames & Young; George Eastman (Rochester, NY); Exchange National Bank; Fisk & Robinson (New York, NY); Henry Clay Frick; Edwin Ginn (Winchester, MA); W. W. Goodwin; Martha (Mrs. William H.) Gratwick (Buffalo, NY); Leonard Converse Hanna (Cleveland, OH); C. S. Hapgood; Hartford National Bank (Hartford, CT); I. J. Hauck; W. C. Hawes; Mrs. F. L. Higginson; C. M. Hinkle (Osterville, MA); H. E. Hollins; R. C. Hooper; John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance (Boston, MA); W. B. King; J. M. Lasell; A. P. Loring; Mrs. Clarence H. MacKay (Roslyn, NY); H. P. McKean, Jr.; Melrose Public Library (Melrose, MA); Merchants Club; Merchants-Laclede Bank of St. Louis (St. Louis, MA); F. Minot; C. Mulcok; Munsey Trust Co. (Washington, DC); National Bank of Republic; National Cash Register Co. Officers Club (Dayton, OH); New Bedford Public Library (New Bedford, MA); New Bedford Savings Bank (New Bedford, MA); Northern Trust Co. (Chicago, IL); J. E. Palmer; F. E. Peabody; E. R. Pierce (Weston, MA); A. A. Pope; H. L. Pratt; Reuter Co.; J. P. Reynolds, Jr.; Mrs. C. G. Rice; J. Hampden Robb (New York, NY); A. Rogers; Savings Bank of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD); Joseph Schaffner; W. B. Schiller; Mrs. C. G. Smith; Somerset Club (Boston, MA); W. B. Thomas (Prides Crossing, MA); Union Club (Boston, MA); Union Market National Bank (Watertown, MA); University Club (New York, NY); Cornelius Vanderbilt; C. C. Walker; J. O. Wardwell; Theodore Watson; Edwin S. Webster; White House (Washington, DC); F. B. White (Worcester, MA); W. T. White; and Payne Whitney.

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Collection Name
Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I
Collection Code
1880-1914, undated
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
1 album containing 204 pages and 568 design drawings (20 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches)
20 1/2x 15 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
20 1/2x 15 1/2x 2 3/4(HxWxD) (inches)
Collection Type
Corporate Records
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
Strong Museum number: 2
Reference Code

Record details

A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Manufacturer)
Material Type
design drawings
Conservation Note
Album was treated in the summer of 2015. Treatment included cleaning and stabilization of pages.
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