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The archive of J. F. Davis Ltd, Reproduction Mirror Manufacturer

20th Century British Interior Design]

Editorial: -1964, 1936
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This archive contains the firm's accounts from 1936 to 1964, as well as a 'Product Archive' consisting of thirty boxes of photographic plates and 250 photographs of mirror frame designs, a small collection of pencil designs, with measurements, and two full designs for mirror frames, on large pieces of plywood. For a company supplying most of the major London department stores (Harrods, Army and Navy, Waring and Gillow, Barkers of Kensington, Peter Jones, Whiteleys) over a period of at least thirty years, surprisingly little has been recorded concerning the firm of J. F. Davis, Reproduction Mirror Manufacturer. The firm began in Temple Yard, Temple Street, Bethnal Green as 'J. F. Davis, Cheval, Toilet, Triple & Reproduction Mirrors'. Clearly already well-established at the time of the beginning of the accounts present here (some of the photographs and plates would seem to date from the 1920s and perhaps earlier), the company was based in Loughton, Essex, at 42 - and for a period at 50 - Smart's Lane. The archive reveals a mass of economic detail regarding a flourishing and well-run concern within the decorative arts in the middle period of the twentieth century. In additional to its aesthetic interest, the large archive of photographic and other material demonstrates the firm's ability to supply a wide range of elegant and attractive mirror frames, carved and plain, wall-hanging and floor-standing, single and in panels. A large part of the photographs carry reference numbers and notes concerning construction and price. The archive as a whole presents an interesting case-study of an efficient business supplying solid, traditional products at the top-end of the British market. 1. Accounts: 1936-1964, in seven volumes: A. Ledgers, 1936-1964, in three volumes:- Ledger, 1936-1949. Folio volume, half-bound in tan leather. Accounts with firms including the Army & Navy Stores, Barkers of Kensington, Harrods, Peter Jones, John Lewis, Maples, Waring and Gillow, and William Whiteley.- Ledger, 1950-1959. Folio volume, half-bound in red leather. Thumb indexed. Some leaves loose.- Ledger, 1960-1964. Folio volume, half-bound in red leather. Thumb indexed. Accounts with firms including the Army & Navy Stores, Barkers of Kensington, Harrods, and John Lewis & Co. Damage to front board. B. Cash books, October 1936 to December 1964, in three volumes:- Cash book, October 1936 to April 1949. Folio volume. Outgoings including wages of named individuals, rent, phones, petrol, veneers, stamps, timber trades, candles, National Health Stamp.- Cash book, April 1949 to April 1963. Folio volume. Outgoings including wages of named individuals, milk, rent, petrol, lamps and parafin, bolts and springs, polishing, National Health.- Cash book, April 1963 to December 1964. Folio volume (16 pp only). Outgoings including wages of named individuals, rent, petrol, loan repayment. C. Day book, 1936 to 1964:- Day book, 1936 to 1964. Folio volume, half-bound in tan calf. Damaged binding. Arranged under sections including 'Capital a/c', 'Private Drawings', 'Machinery', 'Depreciation', 'Fixtures & Fittings', 'Deposit a/c', as well as Motor, Lighting, Purchases, Sales, Wages, Rent, Insurance, Commission, '42 Smarts Lane' and '50 Smarts Lane'. 2. Photographic examples of designs, consisting of: A. A substantial collection of photographic plates, in thirty boxes. Comprising: one box (Kodac Safelight) containing plates 18 x 13.5 cm and smaller; ten boxes (all J. Attwood, photographer, Hadleigh, Essex) containing plates 18 x 12.5 cm and smaller; six boxes (all Illingworth's Post-Cards) containing plates 15 x 9.5 and smaller; ten boxes (mostly Kodak) containing plates 15 x 10 cm and smaller; four boxes containing plates and negatives 12 x 9.5 cm and smaller. B. 111 photographs of examples of frame designs, against a white background. The majority of the prints are present in multiple copies (some numbering into the twenties), with around a quarter in photographic boxes. A large. N° de ref. de la librería 10042

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Título: The archive of J. F. Davis Ltd, Reproduction...

Editorial: -1964

Año de publicación: 1936

Encuadernación: Hardcover

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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