I bid on a cabinet this week after I learned of a “Herter Brothers” cabinet coming up at a local auction. I immediately thought Allen & Brother when I saw the cabinet photos. I coincidentally ran into the “Gems of the Centennial” which I then posted here on Rare Victorian and lo an behold there was an Allen & Brother cabinet in there that bore a good resemblance to the core form of the cabinet.
The central panel shape and the shape of the central top looked similar. Then I compared the pilasters from both cabinets. Though the incising patters are of different designs, the overall composition of the structural elements resemble one another.
The cabinet sold for $12,000, considerably above my bid and I would bet someone now feels that they have a Herter cabinet. I don’t believe so.