[C. 1877–1881 Scroll Saw Group: Trade Catalog, Chromolithographic Trade Cards, and Oversized Pattern Sheets etc.]

Diverse group of mid-Victorian scroll saw-related material including trade literature, marketing materials, and oversized pattern sheets for creating fretwork designs in the Queen Anne Revival style.

In addition to a scarce 1881 trade catalog of scroll saws and lathes from A.H. Shipman of Rochester, there are two large 1880 chromolithographic trade cards with descriptive texts for scroll saws manufactured by Perry Mason & Co. of Boston, and seven large, oversized scroll saw pattern sheets, four of which appear to have been issued c.1877 by Perry Mason & Co. and one from Adams & Bishop.

The Amateur Mechanic’s Manual and Catalogue of Scroll Saws and Lathes Manufactured by A.H. Shipman, Rochester, N.Y. [Rochester, New York: A.H. Shipman, 1881]. 32pp. Trade Catalog. 9¼ x 6 inches. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Slight creasing along fore-edge; small loss in margin of one leaf; two leaves with short, inexpertly mended tears; very good.

• [Two Chromolithographic Trade Cards]: New Holly Scroll Saw, Model 1880. Boston: Perry Mason & Co. [1880] and Demas Lathe and Scroll Saw, Model 1880. Boston: Perry Mason & Co. [1880].  Both approx. 7½ x 5¼ inches. Chromolithographic illustrations, both highlighted in metallic ink. Descriptions, promotional verbiage, and prices provided on both cards.

• [Seven Oversized Pattern Sheets]: “Silhouette” illustrated sheets, printed on rectos only, and ranging in size from 38 x 24 inches to 19 x 24 inches. One sheet with 1877 U.S. Patent credit to Perry Mason & Co. (and with inset price list of fancy woods from Millers Falls Co. of New York). We attribute three additional pattern sheets, all with similar designs, to Perry Mason & Co. Another sheet presents 15 individual patterns for constructing a “Modern Steamboat Clock” and bears the caption “Adams & Bishop’s Designs.” Two of the Perry Mason & Co. pattern sheets, though printed on different paper, have identical patterns; each sheet, however, has a single pattern cut out, though not the same pattern on each sheet. The pattern sheets, though large, have transmittal fold lines and can store easily. The patterns on the sheets include design elements for frames, brackets, and other decorative details and even a “Stereoscopic View Holder.” In all, approx. 175 patterns appear on the seven sheets.

• [Two Folio Drafting Sheets]: Two sheets, 12½ x 16 inches and 15¼ x 15½ inches, of pencil or ink mechanical drawings by two different draftsmen. One shows pulley-and-wheel power transmission systems and the other for what appear to be machine parts or mechanisms.

Description: [C. 1877–1881 Scroll Saw Group: Trade Catalog, Chromolithographic Trade Cards, and Oversized Pattern Sheets etc.]

Rochester, New York; Boston, Mass. C. 1877–1881. 12 Items, described below, comprising 1 Trade Catalog, 2 Trade Cards, 7 Oversized Pattern Sheets, and 2 Leaves of Mechanical Drawings. Very good.


Price: $450.00