“Shannon Phila” Locks = Daniel Pabst?
I ran into this dresser listing on Ebay which caught my eye due to the expertly done Aesthetic Movement carvings. What further caught my eye was a mention in the listing description of the presence of locks that bear the mark, “Shannon Phila”. Shannon was apparently a manufacturer of hardware in Philadelphia at the time and it is often used by some as a sign that a piece was made by Daniel Pabst. The seller has not attributed this piece to Pabst, but I feel many who are familiar with his work would be tempted to. This piece has carvings that are on par with Pabst’s work in my opinion.
In speaking to an expert on Pabst about the Shannon hardware link, he mentioned that some of what we know as being Pabst’s work has Shannon hardware and some does not. It cannot be used as a proof point that a piece was made in his shop. Common sense tells us that a hardware maker could not make a very good living supplying a single cabinetmaker’s furniture.
Regardless of maker, we can be nearly sure that this dresser was made in Philadelphia, not as much from the origin of the locks as much as we can from the overall design. The question is, might it have been made by Pabst, himself? You can see more about this dresser at the listing.[Not a valid template]