"Duplicate Photographs"

Collection Type

  • Photography


1880-1973, undated



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Portfolio titled: "Duplicate Photographs" Title is printed in black on a red-edged paper label affixed to the front of the portfolio. Portfolio has a dark gray fabric covering and dark gray fabric ties. A book plate is glued inside the front cover and reads: "Irving / and / Casson / Custom Furniture, / Interior Finish, / Wood Mantel, / Decorations and / Upholstery. / Church Furniture. / 150 Boylston St. / Boston." Handwritten on the inside front cover is "No. 5."

The portoflio contains includes 219 loose photographs (including cyanotypes) arranged by subject matter in ten paper folders with handwritten titles. The subject categories are: "Mantels," "Desks," "Sideboards and Serving Tables," "Graphophone Cases," "Cabinets and Chests," "Chairs and Sofas," "Church Furniture," "Chamber Furniture," " Clock Cases," and "Miscelaneous [sic] Tables," Sixteen unfiled loose photographs are on top of the packets. The photographs depict a variety of furnishings made by Irving and Casson and Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. It does not appear rhat any of the furnishings were made by A. H. Davenport Co. before its 1913-1914 merger with Irving and Casson.

The order number and year are often shown on a display in the photographs; model numbers are also present in some cases. Customer names are handwritten on some album pages. Named customers include: Alley & Emery (Boston, MA); Oakes Ames; Thomas H. Buttimer (Hingham, MA); Christ Church (New Haven, CT); Christian Science Church; Columbia Graphophone Co. (New York, NY); John V. Dettemer; Elks Club; First Baptist Church (Pittsburgh, PA); Ford & Thomas; Grace Church; Julia Grant (New York, NY); Mrs. W. L. Heine; H. A. Hoffman (Barrington, R. I.); W. H. Hoffman; Albert W. Kaffenburgh (Brookline, MA); Bishop Lawrence; Lord & Taylor (New York, NY); H. MacLean (Evanston, IL); Manufacturers and Traders National Bank (Buffalo, NY); Marx & Jones (St. Louis, MO); McCann, by F. W. Woolworth (New York, NY); Page & Shaw (New York, NY); Mr. Parker; R. J. Reynolds (North Carolina); Max Shoop (New York, NY); Smith College (Northampton, MA); George E. Smith; St. Andrew Chapel of St. James' Church (Chicago, IL); St. Anne's Church; St. Paul's Church; St. Thomas' Church (New York, NY); F. W. Stearns (Boston, MA); Trinity Church (New York, NY); United States Military Academy (West Point, NY); Washington National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel (Washington, D. C.); and F. W. Woolworth (Glen Cove, NY and New York, NY). Digital images of a selection of photographs from the portfolio are attached to this record.


Descriptive Terms

sideboards (furniture)
servers (sideboards)
cabinets (case furniture)
chairs (furniture forms)
side chairs
religious building fixtures
beds (furniture)
dressing tables
chests (case furniture)
chiffonnières (low chests of drawers)
dressing glasses
cheval glasses
tables (support furniture)
night tables
dining tables
console tables
lamps (lighting devices)
portfolios (groups of works)
portfolios (containers)
black-and-white photographs
cyanotypes (photographic prints)

Additional Identification Number

Strong Museum number 284.1

Physical Description

1 portfolio containing 235 loose photographs (14 1/8 x 11 1/8 x 1 1/4)

Collection Code


Collection Name

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

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type

Museum Purchase


14 1/8 x 11 1/8 x 1 1/4 (HxWxD)(inches)

Record Details


Irving & Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. (Compiler)
Irving & Casson (Compiler)

Material Type

portfolios (groups of works)
portfolios (containers)
black-and-white photographs
cyanotypes (photographic prints)

Description Level