"Writing Desks and Tables."

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts


1880-1914, undated



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Album of design drawings produced by A. H. Davenport Co. titled: "Writing Desks and Tables." 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 "10" is also printed in black on the spine. Album has a beige fabric covering and 212 pages. Table of contents is glued inside front cover and includes the following categories: writing desks, flat top desks, roll top desks, library tables, writing tables large, and writing tables small. There are 35 pages which have 95 pencil or ink drawings on trace affixed with glue. The remaining 177 pages are blank. Drawings depict a variety of desks and writing tables manufactured by the firm. Drawings often contain handwritten information including dimensions, wood type, model numbers, date, customer name and detailer initials. Named customers include: Charles F. Adams; E. D. Adams; E. I. Adams; J. J. Albright (Buffalo, NY); C. B. Alexander; American Security & Trust Co. (Washington, DC); J. R. Andrews; Mrs. F. L. Babbot; Charles M. Baker; Bank of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY); Robert Bradley; Miss Brayton,; C. A. Brinley; J. Frederic Byers (Sewickley, PA); E. M. Carey; Miss Chalfant; Edward S. Crocker; Mrs. W. A. Dicks; George A. Draper; E. H. Rollins & Son; George Eastman (Rochester, NY); Fisk & Robinson (New York, NY); General Hayes; Mrs. Hoppin; Ivy Club; E. D. Jordan; G. C. King; F. B. Knowles; Colonel D. S. Lamont; C. M. MacKay; Mrs. Mandell; Eleanor Martin; J. S. Maxey; Merchants-Laclede Bank of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO); Charles Nagel; National Cash Register; National Shawmut Bank (Boston, MA); New Bedford Savings (New Bedford, MA); Thomas Nelson Page; Philadelphia Co.; Mrs. Andrew H. Potter; H. L. Pratt; Prudential Insurance Co.; Mrs. Sloane; Travelers Insurance Company; C. C. Walker; Edwin S. Webster; Mrs. Wells; Mrs. M. M. White; William Whitman (Brookline, MA); William C. Whitney; W. S. Wicks; R. S. Williamson; and John H. Wrenn.


Descriptive Terms

case furniture
writing desks
writing tables
tables (support furniture)
fall-front desks
slant-front desks
secretary-bookcases (bookcases)
secretaries (furniture)
pedestal desks
library tables (writing tables)
rolltop desks
davenports (desks)
design drawings

Additional Identification Number

Strong Museum number 10

Physical Description

1 album containing 212 pages and 95 design drawings (20 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 2 3/4 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 3/4 (HxWxD)(inches)

Record Details


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

Material Type

design drawings

Description Level