Many of you may already be aware that I have set up a special page on Rare Victorian to make original furniture manufacturer catalogs from the 19th century available for Rare Victorian readers to view. I own several period catalogs and I’ve been scanning them over time and making them accessible on the catalog page. I have been very aware that the mechanism that I have used to make them viewable was cumbersome and in some cases unusable, but I had previously not been able to locate a suitable technology to replace Adobe’s service. Until now.
I have now redesigned the page to use a new, easier-to-use mechanism for you to browse the pages of my scanned catalogs. No more accounts or sign-ups and complicated security hoops to jump through.
To celebrate I have a new catalog available from Philadelphia manufacturers James W. Cooper & Brother titled “Sketches of Art Furniture” from the 1880s. I expect this catalog to be of great interest to those that follow the designs of Daniel Pabst, Isaac Scott, Allen & Brother and especially Kimbel & Cabus. I also predict that several of these images will be useful to re-attribute some pieces that would have been labeled “Kimbel & Cabus” going forward.
This one is well worth the perusal, so please stop by the new catalog page and try out the new viewer.