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Original Manufacturer Catalogs

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R.J. Horner – Our American Homes and How To Furnish Them

Horner Original Manufacturer Catalogs

Exceptionally rare.  I have never seen another copy of this except for one in a NY library, supposedly.  This is the only known “catalog” that RJ Horner published because his inventory changed so much that he could not  see the merit of attempting a catalog which would quickly become obsolete.  It is less of a catalog and more of a pamphlet including 14 pages, 5 of which are text dedicated to the art of decorating one’s own home and how they do business.  The remaining pages are exceptional period drawings of R.J. Horner showrooms with furniture pieces of many styles and images of workers manufacturing furniture.  Horner advertised this pamphlet’s availabilty to customers in newspaper ads as early as 1887.

It’s short and sweet but a must for any RJ Horner fan.

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Robert Mitchell #52

With a total of 161 pages including printed covers, this is a rare early catalog for Robert Mitchell (of Mitchell & Rammelsberg fame) ca. 1888.  Includes model numbers, names and prices.  All pages of this original catalog are represented. A collage of a sampling of pages is seen above.
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Robert Mitchell #66

With a total of 74 pages including printed covers, this is a rare early catalog for Robert Mitchell (of Mitchell & Rammelsberg fame) ca. 1902.  Includes model numbers, names and prices.  All pages of this original catalog are represented. A collage of a sampling of pages is seen above.  This one is especially interesting for it’s Griffin furniture, some of which are often mistaken for R.J. Horner pieces.
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James W. Cooper – Philadelphia – Sketches of Art Furniture

Dawley Furniture Company – Charleston West Virginia – Oak Chamber Suites & Beds