Here’s another interesting find from the files of the Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy, NY. This is an 1861 receipt to Richard P. Hart, Jr. for bedroom furniture provided by the firm of Pottier & Stymus, dated April 3rd, 1861. The writing on the rear appears to record the completion of payments totaling $193.75.
There are five line items in the bill: a round corner bedstead, a bureau with plate glass, a marble top wash stand, a marble top commode and 7 cases & packaging for shipping. I can’t make out the initial abbreviations that repeat on each line which probably describe the type of wood used in the manufacture of the items.
Notice the reference to “Late B. E. Rochefort” who was a partner in the firm preceding P&S, Rochefort and Skarren, which was taken over by Pottier & Stymus after Rochefort’s death in May 1859. The receipt is dated almost 2 years after. The 623 Broadway address refers to their showroom while their workshop was at 115 Wooster.