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Two Antique Trade Catalogs, Barker Bros, Birmingham & Ft.Dearborn Watch&Clock Co.
I am selling these two Antique Trade Catalogs (really large books!) for one price....invaluable References for items produced just after the turn of the 20th Century.
The First book with a Red Cover is from Barker Bros Silversmiths, in Birmingham, England, with approx.303 pages..the size is approx.11" x 9", and a heavy tome!!
In 1903 they moved to new factory premises...Unity Works, Constitution Hill, Birmingham...where it remained until the 1980s maintaining a London showroom during the early part of the 20th century.
In 1907 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the name Barker Brothers Silversmiths, Ltd, so this Trade Book is between 1903 and 1907, as the address is show on the inside cover page as being at Unity Works, but no "Ltd" on the name.
The cover is in "rough" condition, but the interior is immaculate...303 pages of illustrations (see photos)of wonderful products in Sterling and Silver plate from this company..and one of the first pages shows various photographs from within the workrooms of the company.
The Second Book with a Blue cover is the "21st Annual Illustrated Catalogue of the Fort Dearborn Watch and Clock Co., Chicago, Ill - Exclusively Wholesale", with approx.700 illustrated pages of all of the varied products that they sell....from "Alligator Goods" to Clocks to Fountain Pens to Sterling goods to Telescopes to Watches to sets of books to jet jewelry to "Austrian Court Boxes" to Sheriff's Badges to HOtel keys to Gasoline fixtures and leather novelties....they sold it all!!!
The cover of the book is also in "rough" condition..the spine is detached from the pages, the first two pages are loose, but the rest of pages of illustrations are immaculate, and include an original "Order Sheet" that is also loose.
I am presuming that this Catalogue is also from the very early 1900's as is the other Catalogue, but I can find no date...doing a bit of research, it appears to be between 1900 and 1908, for the street location. And also since it came from the same estate...merchants at that period of the early 1900's.
These two catalogues are perfect for reproducing for resale as Reference catalogs...wonderful reference material for designs and products of an earlier and quite exuberant and eclectic time of goods, baubles and whimsies for the populace!! Wish I could order direct from these Catalogs to stock my inventory!! how wonderful that would be....
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