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Tycos Instruments Hydrometers
Tycos Instruments Hydrometers
Price: $35.00

Manufacturer: Taylor Instruments Companies Location: Rochester, NY Date: 1925 Pages: 24 Subject Matter: Manufacturing, Hydrometers Comprehensive descriptions and pricing as well as B&W illustrations of the items being sold. The text on the covers is embossed with blue accents. Covers show some edge wear, and there is a small stain on the front cover. Binding staples are rusted, and the interior center page is detached from text block. Paper chalking. 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" more info
Vernay Autumn 1937
Vernay Autumn 1937
Price: $40.00

Manufacturer: Vernay Inc Location: New York, NY Date: 1937 Pages: 36 Subject Matter: Antique Furniture A comprehensive description of each item listed, including their size, and an accompanying B&W photograph. No prices listed. Pieces range from English sideboards, to tea sets, to paintings. There is an introduction to the collection by Arthur Vernay and an additional list of items not pictured or described. The covers show some edge wear, and the bottom of the front cover is soiled, along with general toning both on the covers and throughout the catalog. The back cover has a few tiny white spots on it.  10 1/4" x 6 1/4" more info
Andrions for Large Fireplaces
Andrions for Large Fireplaces
Price: $40.00

Manufacturer: Todhunter Location: New York Date: c1920s Pages: A single 4-fold brochure Subject Matter: Brief descriptions for andrions, fireback and fire tools with an enclosed price list. There are 10 B&W photographs of the items being sold. The descriptions include what they are made from, if they are reproductions, and their measurements. Light soiling and toning throughout, otherwise fine. 6 1/4" x 5 1/2" more info
To Escape Optiphosis, Advertising Brochure for Curtis Lighting
To Escape Optiphosis, Advertising Brochure for Curtis Lighting
Price: $45.00

"Glare is the gangster of light," this brochure claims in its opening salvo. It continues on to declare "It beats upon your brain with the bludgeon of brilliance. It strips you of stamina, rifles you reserve and plucks your power, and makes off with you energy." Serving as an advertisement for Curtis Lighting, this brochure features their product 'X-Ray Reflectors', which is an indirect lighting element that cuts down on the glare you would get from direct lighting. The small brochure continues on to say that it helps with optiphosis, which according to 'lighting engineers' and optical science is any illness that can be caused by a harsh glare, such as headaches, loss of productivity, and nausea. The brochure itself is printed in black with green accents used in the designs or illustrations. The front cover has a wonderful art deco influenced illustration of eyes with light beams hitting their pupils. Single fold brochure. Measures 7" x 3 1/2" (folded), 7" x 7" (unfolded) more info
Brasses by Ball and Ball
Brasses by Ball and Ball
Price: $50.00

Manufacturer: Ball and Ball Brasses Location: West Chester, PA Date: 1936 (catalog), 1937 (price list) Pages: 28 (printed on single side), 8 pp price list Subject Matter: brass household items, furniture knobs A catalog of reproductions of antique furniture knobs made from brass. The tag line of this company is  "when the originals wear out, replace them with these copies!" The catalog itself has no descriptions, just illustrated pictures in B&W with a series and  item number beside it. Each pages has approximately 12 items on it. Included with the catalog is the corresponding price list with a perforated business card (for easy removal) attached. The price list is divided up by series, and it lists a very brief description, and the size, weight and cost of the item. There is minimal edge wear to the covers, however the cloth spine as started to wear down on the edges. There is some missing surface litho on both the front and back covers as well as some stains on the back cover. The front cover and select interior pages have penciling, as well as some soiling due to finger prints. The price guide is in good condition; it was originally tri-folded so there are crease marks still evident. Additionally, the binding staples have rusted, otherwise fine. 10 3/4" x 8 1/4" more info
1958 Quick-Chek Trouble Finder. Reliable Selection..1958
1958 Quick-Chek Trouble Finder. Reliable Selection..1958
Price: $65.00

A volvelle designed by the Reliable Selection Company that allowed the user to diagnose what Radio Tube within their TV was malfunctioning as "80% of your TV troubles are tubes. Save money on unnecessary service calls with this amazing dial wheel." A TV radio tube would translate the received signal into a picture on the screen as well as the audio, and generally speaking their were a variety of tubes housed within a television that translated different parts of the signal, be it sound or visual. This volvelle had 28 (14 on each side) ways a TV could be malfunctioning due to a faulty tube. The volvelle had three die cut openings: the first is in a shape of a TV that provides an illustration of the type of error one might see on the screen, such as 'snow' or wavy lines, the second opening was immediately below that and had a written description corresponding to the above illustration of not only how the screen was malfunction, but possible corresponding sound issues as well, the third and last opening was on the bottom have of the volvelle, and listed the corresponding tubes that might need to be replaced to fix the malfunction Printed in three colors withdetailed instructions on using the volvelle and changing a TV tube. It proclaims, "Can you change a light bulb?... Then you can change a tube!". Accompanying this text are two illustrations, one on each side. The first one is of the box the tubes come in, and the second is of what looks like to be a type of vending machine, which has emblazoned on it "Do it Yourself!  TV Radio Tubes Quik-Chek Tester". At the top of the wheel is hole so that one could hang it on the wall. Measures 7 1/4" (diameter).. more info
 Aunt Matilda's Selected Receipts and Useful Information. I. L. Cragin & Co. .Philadelphia, PA.[1890]
Aunt Matilda's Selected Receipts and Useful Information. I. L. Cragin & Co. .Philadelphia, PA.[1890]
Price: $65.00

An advertising booklet for Dobbins Electric Soap, a laundry soap produced by I. L. Cragin. The company used 'electric' in the title to in order to capitalize on people's fascination with electricity at that time. The soap itself was formulated with a very alkaline base, which actually gave it a bit of a 'sting' which reminded people even more of electricity. This booklet starts off with several pages of advertisement for Dobbins Electric Soap, particularly emphasizing how the soap is so strong, one doesn't need to be rough with one's clothes to clean them. The booklet spends the rest of its pages alternating between Aunt Matilda's recipes and testimonials from customers who have used the soap. Some of the recipes included are: Pea Soup, Pepperpot, Broiled Salmon, Roast Duck, Chicken Croquettes, Lobster Salad, and Lemon Pie. It is unclear if the title of the booklet was meant as a play on words or a spelling mistake, after all it is full of recipes and 'receipts' from Dobbins' Electric Soap's customers in the form of testimonials. On the inside front cover, I. L. Cragin states if you buy 15 bars of their soap, and mail in the wrappers as proof, they will send you a dollars worth of "first class sheet music for free!" Also there is an advertisement for S. E. Brackett, a grocery and general store in Leeds Junction, ME, that states if you buy 7 bars of soap from them you can get seven "beautiful Shakespeare cards". 32 pg. Printed wrappers. String binding. OCLC 6 (Apr. 2020) Measures 4 1/2" x 3". more info
 Miniature Die-cut Universal Sad Iron Catalogue. .Milwaukee, WI.c1894.
Miniature Die-cut Universal Sad Iron Catalogue. .Milwaukee, WI.c1894.
Price: $75.00

A 1 3/4" x 2" miniature die-cut novelty catalogue compliments of Universal Sad Iron Co., Milwaukee, Wis.  6 pp. with promotional and pricing information. Additionally soliciting agents and canvassers.  Grommet binding with string tie. Covers and pages rotate. . more info
A. Meineke & Sons Punjab Goods, Indian Punjab Furniture, manufactures of Rattan, Reed and Willow Furniture. Cramer, Aikens and Cramer.Milwaukee, WI.1890s
A. Meineke & Sons Punjab Goods, Indian Punjab Furniture, manufactures of Rattan, Reed and Willow Furniture. Cramer, Aikens and Cramer.Milwaukee, WI.1890s
Price: $85.00

A trade catalogue featuring a wide variety of furniture, such as tables, bowl stands, wall pockets, and screens, in the Indian style. The front cover features a gilded image of a stature that is most likely the Indian Goddess Indra, as the stature is sitting on three elephants (the Goddess preferred method of transportation)The brochure is folded to create 8 pages, and each interior page has one to two images of pieces of furniture and their corresponding descriptions and prices. In addition to the catalogue is a singe page  insert, printed with red ink, for the same store advertising some of their other goods such as crockery, bric-a-brac and art decorators. According to this insert these come not only in the Punjab style but also in Japanese and Oriental designs. The back cover features an illustration of the factory and warehouse.  Trade catalogue: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (folded) 22" x 8 1/2"(unfolded). Measures Insert: Measures 8 1/4" x 6".. The business was established in 1855 - importers of toys, accessories and more more info
 Why I Live in the Neighborhood Gardens, A Flyer for Apartments. Neighborhood Gardens Apartments.St. Louis, MO.[1935]
Why I Live in the Neighborhood Gardens, A Flyer for Apartments. Neighborhood Gardens Apartments.St. Louis, MO.[1935]
Price: $85.00

This single fold pamphlet advertises for the Neighborhood Gardens which is an apartment complex located in St. Louis that was first built in 1935, and is still an existence today. The front page of this pamphlet lists eighteen (18) reasons why someone would want to live there, such as: "I get so much for my money in these modern apartments", "I like the sound proof, attractive walls", "every living room is sunshinny [sic] and airy and opens on a balcony," and "Neighborhood Gardens has been built for folks who care; for folks who need and want this kind of housing." The inside of the pamphlet has three black and white printings of linoleum cuts of the exteriors of the apartment complex. The back side has four floor plans of some of the apartments available along with a list of the amenities at the complex and what is in the local neighborhood. Single fold. Black and white. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (folded), 11" x 8 1/2" (unfolded).. more info
Authentic Reproductions of Antique Lighting Fixtures
Authentic Reproductions of Antique Lighting Fixtures
Price: $95.00

Manufacturer: I. Sack Cabinet Hardware Co. Location: Boston, MA Date: c1920 Pages: Two sections of 61, numbered, printed single sided pages, one section is the illustrations and descriptions of items, the second is the corresponding price list. Subject Matter: Lighting The catalog is a folder with brad clips. It is divided into two sections, each with their own set of numbered pages. The first section has all the illustrations and brief descriptions of the items sold. The second section is a corresponding price list with instructions for ordering. There were originally approximately 60 pages in each section, but due to the format of the catalog some have been removed and are missing.   The folder has toning and soiling, some interior pages missing. Otherwise fine. 11 1/2" x 9 1/2" more info
 Price List & Catalog Awnings, Tents, Flags, Window Shades, Boat Covers...  Catalogue No. 24..  c1910
Price List & Catalog Awnings, Tents, Flags, Window Shades, Boat Covers... Catalogue No. 24.. c1910
Price: $95.00

Small format  32 pp. Paper wraps.   Extensive price list with images from photographs  for awnings and window shades for residence, stores, hotels and offices, tents for all occasions, canopies for weddings, receiptions, parties, boat canopies , bunting, flag poles, and roller shades. Instructions on how to measure for an awning.  Measures 6" x 3 1/2". more info
Patriotic Paper Label - Williams' Genuine Yankee Soap. J. B. Williams & Co.Glastonbury CT.c1860
Patriotic Paper Label - Williams' Genuine Yankee Soap. J. B. Williams & Co.Glastonbury CT.c1860
Price: $100.00

A 4 1/2" x 6 3/4" paper label promoting Williams' Yankee Soap. Patriotic in nature depicting an American flag with red, white and blue printing. Formerly Williams & Bros, Manchester (established 1832). more info
 Illustrated Billhead - William Coulson & Sons, Manufactures & Merchants of General Household Linens . William Coulson & Sons.New York.1914
Illustrated Billhead - William Coulson & Sons, Manufactures & Merchants of General Household Linens . William Coulson & Sons.New York.1914
Price: $125.00

William Coulson & Sons was a founded in 1764 by William Coulson in Lisburn, Ireland. It manufactured on large looms a variety of fine household linen goods, such as table cloths and napkins. The company were the creators of 'damask linen' and the first company to successfully working in the  fabric armorial devices, national emblems, and heraldic designs. The also were a one point holders of a Royal Warrant from King George III, King George IV, Queen Victoria, and King Edward VII. This billhead is for their New York offices and is dated December 19, 1914. A large stylized engraving covers the top third of the billhead, and features three illustrations. The largest on is an image of a man working at a damask loom. Of the two smaller images, one features the seal of King George V, (in reference to their Royal Warrant), and the second features a woman seated at an Irish spinning wheel. The billhead is a receipt for A. E. Carlton, Esq of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Single page. Measures 11" x 9". more info
 The Japanese Marriage Ceremony Promotional Brochure by Department Store . William Rae.Kobe, Japan.?1930?
The Japanese Marriage Ceremony Promotional Brochure by Department Store . William Rae.Kobe, Japan.?1930?
Price: $125.00

This tri-fold pamphlet details the Japanese wedding ceremony, starting from the arrangement of the couple by their family, to their wedding ceremony and what life for the bride is like after the wedding. The pamphlet was created by William Rae as a way of stirring interest in Japan and its culture in order to sell items from his store in Kobe, Japan. He sold a variety of household goods, such as table wear, kitchenware, jewelry, cabinets and screens. While the store was located in Japan, the store sold items that were decorated in a variety of 'oriental' motifs, mainly directed towards a western audience. The front of the pamphlet has a colorful and stylized engraving of the Japanese wedding ceremony. The back has a list of items the store sold, as well as a directions on ordering items either by mail or in person at his store in Japan. The advert emphasizes that he had "over 1000 different sets, always kept in stock.  Measures 7" x 5 1/4" (folded).. more info
 Illustrated circular - Chairs and Washstands  -J. W. Mason & Co., Terms, Net Cash in Current Funds. J. W. Mason & Co. .New York, NY.April 22, 1864
Illustrated circular - Chairs and Washstands -J. W. Mason & Co., Terms, Net Cash in Current Funds. J. W. Mason & Co. .New York, NY.April 22, 1864
Price: $175.00

A single-fold advertising circular and price list with updated prices  for J. W. Mason & Co., a furniture, specifically, chair manufacturers. A fine woodcut of the exterior of the building with a horse drawn wagon piled high with chairs adorns the top half of the first page. The following narrative stated that the company was raising prices due to "another raise in material costs", but wanted to reassure customers that orders received already received would be filled at their old prices. The interior pages contain the new price list for the various chairs manufactured by J. W. Mason. Some of the types of chairs are: Boston rocking chairs, Prescott chairs, children's chairs, Vail's folding chairs, revolving chairs and cane stools. The company even made cribs, saloon tables and towel racks. Included at the bottom was the cost of boxing the item. Back page is blank. Single fold. Measures 10" x 7 3/4".. more info
Jonathan D Roberts An Accounting of the Guardianship of Timothy Stevens. .Farmington, NH.1856 - 1864
Jonathan D Roberts An Accounting of the Guardianship of Timothy Stevens. .Farmington, NH.1856 - 1864
Price: $225.00

A copy book used to by Jonathan D. Roberts to keep an accounting of his guardianship of Timothy Stevens from 1856 - 1864. On the first page is a note that states Roberts was appointed Stevens guardian on February 5, 1856 and that this fact was advertised in the Dover Gazette on the first Tuesday in February.  Next is an inventory of the Estate of Timonth Stevens valued at $1,011.37. What follows is a list of expenses incurred by Roberts, such as the cost of board, travel to the probate court, the cost of his services and a list of different bills paid out. The front cover has an engraving of a monument that states "To Washington". The back cover has a multiplication table on it as well as the note "Always for sale, a general assortment of Blank, School, and Miscellaneous Books..." There is no mention of a publisher. No OCLC, Feb 2019. Yellow covers, 16 pages. Completely filled. Measures 8" x 6 1/2". more info