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"Bureaus. Chest of Drawers"

CC010.001.012 (RS237959)


Album of design drawings produced by A. H. Davenport Co. titled: "Bureaus. Chest of Drawers." 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 "12" is also printed in black on the spine. Album has a beige fabric covering and 212 pages. There are 61 pages which have 212 design drawings on trace affixed with glue. The remaining 151 pages are blank. Drawings depict a variety of case furniture designed by the firm. Printed table of contents is pasted inside front cover and includes the following categories: French bureaus, colonial bureaus, miscellaneous bureaus, French chests of drawers, colonial chests of drawers, and miscellaneous chests of drawers. Drawings often contain handwritten information including dimensions, wood type, model numbers, date, customer name and detailer initials. Named customers include: J. J. Albright (Buffalo, NY); N. W. Aldrich; Miss Ames; John Jacob Astor (New York, NY); C. F. Bates; Mrs. Brayton; H. P. Bridge; A. C. Burrage; J. G. Cannon; L. S. Conant; H. E. Converse; Joshua Crane, Jr.; Alfred Ivins Croll (Boston, MA); Mr. Draper; E. K. Dunham; J. W. Edwards; H. P. English; Mrs. E. D. Godfrey (New York, NY); Mrs. William H. Gratwick (Buffalo, NY); C. S. Hapgood; J. C. Hoagland; Miss Holmes; W. R. Holmes; R. C. Hooper; J. L. Jones; Mrs. Lanier; J. M. Lasell; Mrs. Solomon Lincoln; Mrs. Franklin MacVeagh (Chicago, IL); Mrs. Mandell; Mrs. Osgood; Jacob Pfaff; F. B. Pratt; Mrs. George Pratt; Mr. Rice; Mr. Rumrell; Mr. Joseph Schaffner; W. B. Schiller; Dennis Sheedy; Mrs. E. F. Shepard; Mrs. Skinner; John Sloane; Mrs. Charles Huntington Starkweather; J. E. Stillman; George Sykes; Cornelius Vanderbilt; J. D. Wadsworth; R. S. Webster; Stanford White (New York, NY); W. T. White; and William C. 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 212 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)
Descriptive Terms
cabinets (case furniture)
case furniture
chests of drawers
chiffonnières (low chests of drawers)
dressing tables
high chests of drawers
shaving stands
Material Type
design drawings
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