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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

 Friday, November 24, 2017

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Grabschmuck. Katalog No.11 [and] Katalog No.17. Wurtemburg Ernst Strassacker: ca. 1930 & 1936. A wonderful pair of trade catalogs of memorial figures and decorations for monuments and gravestones, issued by a German bronze foundry. Each features a wide array of figures, urns, vases, crosses, plaques, gates, pediments and other cast decorative elements, many with a distinctly Art Deco or Moderne feeling. The vast majority of the iconography is Christian, but each catalog does feature a dozen or so Jewish items, and the 1936 catalog features a selection of Hebrew letters in the fonts section. There are also brass symbols for various trades, and a selection of Masonic emblems. A very interesting pair of catalogs. 2 catalogs. Softcover. 9"x11.5", 81 pages and 120 pages filled with b/w illustrations covers a bit sunned around the edge several cover creases some soil a few pages of Catalog 11 with moderate soil.

Inventory #: 30896
Price: $ 275.00       

Graves' Patent Improved Sofa Bed. Boston Samuel Graves & Son: c.1880. A very pictorially pleasing circular illustrating 10 fancy Victorian "sofa beds" (which look like fainting couches), 7 on one side and 3 on the other. These apparently looked like couches until opened when they could double as a bed for somebody you didn't really like, much like today's versions, or futons. Advertising circular, 10"x7.5", printed both sides. Folded twice, some soil and wear.

Inventory #: 32637
Price: $ 45.00       

Pittsburgh Plate Co., Cooke Bros., Proprietors, Manufacturers of Fine Silver Plated Ware, Spoons, Forks, Knives, Hollow Ware. Pittsburgh c.1870s. A pleasing and interesting price list folder, illustrated with a fancy silver & glass cruet set on the front cover. The three pages list and price an assortment of flat ware. 4"x6.5", folder- illustrated cover + 3 pages of prices. Some soil and wear.

Inventory #: 32638
Price: $ 40.00       

The London Cabinet Makers' Union Book of Prices. By a Committee of Masters and Journeymen. London: 1866. 4th edition. Issued with 'The London Cabinet Makers Book of Prices, for the most improved Extensible Dining Tables' (1866), and 'The London Cabinet Makers' Book of Prices for work not provided in the Union Book' (1863) 2nd edition. In an attempt to prevent disputes between cabinetmakers and customers and to standardize the trade, 'The Union Book' describes in great detail what each piece of furniture consists of as a "standard model", what extras could be added, and what to charge for them. The level of detail included for individual pieces is impressive. On a Pembroke table, for example, there are extra charges for extra inch in length, extra inch in width, extra drawer (scratch beaded), cock-beading the drawers, corner line ditto, lining boxes, canting corners (top), ovalo corners, -and so on for three more pages. Almost every type of furniture you can think of is here, often in many variations. Let's take a look at the B's- bedstead (table), bedstead (bureau), bedstead (press), bedstead (library press, with breaks), bureau, bookcase, bookcase (library, straight front) bookcase (library, with breaks), basin-stand, basin-stand (corner), basin-stand (square, inclosed), bidet, bidet (box-top), bidet (portable), bottle-tray, bottle-tray (square), bottle-tray (hexagon), butler's tray, book shelves (hanging), book shelves (open), bed-steps, bed table. And so on and on, through card tables, cellarets, dining tables, desks, fire-screens, knife cases, night tables, Pembroke tables, etc. And then there's that second portion, completely devoted to extensible dining tables. A frighteningly complete and comprehensive look at the construction of furniture in the middle of the Victorian period. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 474 pages plus 8 plates, and 27 pages plus 9 plates, and 53 pages plus 6 plates. Bound in plain, sturdy period quarter leather. Covers a bit scuffed, tips worn, pages somewhat browned, several plates with light corner stains.

Inventory #: 33037
Price: $ 850.00       

Blumer & Kuhn. Stairs, Stair Railing, Balusters, Newel Posts, Mantels, Pew Ends, etc., also Interior Finish of every description in all kinds of Hard and Soft Woods, Brackets, Corner and Plinth blocks, Turned Porch & Veranda Work, etc. St. Louis: 1893. A wonderful Victorian trade catalog of fancy decorative woodwork, both interior and exterior. Hardcover. 7"x10.5", 137 pages, line illustrations. Bound into new cloth, some internal soil, a few stains.

Inventory #: 34154
Price: $ 250.00       

[Kirk] Distinguished Sterling. Kirk Sterling Silver. Now In its 127th Year. Baltimore Samuel Kirk & Son: 1942. 2nd printing of the 1940 catalog. A nice trade catalog of Kirk hollowware and flatware, table pieces, sets, and more. Softcover. 9"x6.5", 48 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear, minor soil.

Inventory #: 34273
Price: $ 75.00       

Utzschneider & Cie. Muster-Blatter der Wandplatten von Utzschneider & Cie, Saargemund. Ca. 1895-1904. A wonderful set of salesman's colored cards illustrating Art Nouveau, Aesthetic and Victorian-style tile patterns. Paul Utzschneider was a Bavarian who had worked with Wedgwood in England and in 1800, along with Joseph Farby, he took over a struggling pottery manufacturer in Sarreguemines, Lorraine. The company prospered, and in the Victorian era they became especially well-known for their maiolica and tiles. This small portfolio of pattern cards illustrates a variety of their colorful tile patterns. 55 double-sided, 82 single-sided, and 3 single-sided folding colored cards, all housed in a pocket portfolio with string ties, with two price lists, one dated January, 1895, the other dated January, 1904. Light soil, a little wear.

Inventory #: 7384
Price: $ 3500.00       

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