"Pianos. Mirrors. Billiard Tables. Benches, Screens."

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts


1880-1914, undated



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Album of design drawings produced by A. H. Davenport Co. titled: "Pianos. Mirrors. Billiard Tables. Benches. Screens." 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 "7" is also printed in black on the spine. Album has a beige fabric covering and 212 pages. There are 24 pages which have 79 pencil drawings on trace affixed with glue. The remaining 188 pages are blank. A printed table of contents is taped to inside of front cover and includes the following sections: grand pianos; upright pianos; piano benches, small seats, etc.; mirrors; billiard tables; clocks; tablets; and lamps. Drawings depict a variety of items in these categories designed by the firm. Drawings often contain handwritten information including dimensions, wood type, model numbers, date, customer name and detailer initials. Named customers include: E. D. Adams; Mrs. P. Ahl; J. J.Albright; Mrs. Bartlett; Mrs. Gerard Bement (Beverly Farms, MA); G. B. Blake; C. C. Converse; A. H. Davenport (Malden, MA); George Eastman (Rochester, NY); G. Felton; Mrs. E. D. Godfrey (New York, NY); C. W. Goodyear; R. S. Gould; A. W. Head; Mrs. Charles Head (Manchester, MA); Mrs. J. J. Hoagland; Raymond Hoagland; W. R. Holmes; F. U. Hunnewell; I. W. Jewett; John A. Kelly, Jr.; Mrs. George Keyes; W. W. Kimball; J. M. Lasell; Mrs. Lasigi; Solomon Lincoln; Mrs. C. MacKay (Roslyn, NY); B. R. Merwin; Mrs. J. G. Moore; Frederick Strong Moseley (Boston, MA); P. A. O'Connell; J. H(?). Oliver; Mrs. C. D. Owen; Trenor L. Park; Players Club; Prudential Insurance Co.; E. B. Putnam; J. T. Pyle; Norman B. Ream; Mrs. Richardson; W. A. Rogers; F. R. Sears; W. F. Sheehan; Edwin S. Webster; N. M. White; W. H. White; William C. Whitney: W. S. Wicks; and Mrs. James Wood.


Descriptive Terms

grand pianos
piano benches
benches (furniture)
window seats
dressing glasses
shaving stands
billiard tables
pool tables
design drawings

Additional Identification Number

Strong Museum number 2

Physical Description

1 album containing 212 pages and 79 design drawings (20 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code



20 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 2 1/2 (HxWxD)(inches)

Record Details


A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Manufacturer)

Material Type

design drawings

Description Level