"Altar Rails 37"

Collection Type

  • Photography


1880-1973, undated



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Photo album titled: "Altar Rails 37." Title is hand printed in black on front cover; title and volume number are hand printed in black on spine. Album has a beige fabric covering and 100 dark gray pages, some of which are now loose. Three of the pages are blank. Album contains 98 mounted black-and-white photographs. Photographs are of a variety of altar rails manufactured by A. H. Davenport Co., Irving and Casson, and their successor, Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. The order number and year are often shown on a display in the photographs. Customer names are handwritten on some album pages. Named customers include: All Saints Church (Methuen, MA); Andover Theological Seminary (Cambridge, MA); Bethlehem ME Church (Cincinnati, OH); Christ Church; Church of the Advent (Cincinnati, OH); Church of the Ascension (Pittsburgh, PA); Church of the Good Shepard; Church of the Holy Innocence (Hoboken, NJ); Church of the Incarnation (New York); Convent of the Sacred Heart (Noroton, CT); Euclid Avenue Church (Cleveland, OH); Fifth Avenue Baptist Church (New York NY); Finley Shepard (New York, NY); Park Avenue Baptist Church (New York, NY); St. Bartholomew's Church (New York, NY); St. Hugh's Church (Boston (Roxbury), MA); St. James' Church (Greenfield, MA); St. James' Church (New London, CT); St. John's Church (Sharon, PA); St. Patrick's Church (Fall River, MA); St. Paul's Church (New Haven, CT); St. Thomas' Church (New York, NY): St. Vincent's Church (Los Angeles, CA); Second Presbyterian Church (New York, NY); South Church (New York, NY): Trinity Church (Buffalo, NY); Trinity Church (Newton Centre, MA); Trinity Church (Pawtuxet, RI); United Congregational Church (Bridgeport, CT); Washington Cathedral (Washington DC); and Westminster Presbyterian Church (Albany, NY). Album is signed inside back cover "U [or A] Holzer - Binder." Digital images of a selection of photographs from the album are attached to this record.


Descriptive Terms

altar rails
communion rails
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

Strong Museum number 67.37

Physical Description

1 photo album containing 100 pages and 98 photographs (14 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches)

Collection Code


Collection Name

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

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type

Museum Purchase


14 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 2 1/2 (HxWxD)(inches)

Record Details


Irving & Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. (Compiler)
A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Compiler)
Irving & Casson (Compiler)

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Description Level