Reader Kris P. has tracked down some rarities for us.
I’ve finally put together all the catalogues I could collect. These were mostly sourced from worldcat.org where I signed up and reached out to individual libraries for a reference copy. Most were able to meet the requests without costs, which is fabulous. Only the Briffault catalogue required to pay. Some requests were not able to be met because the catalogues are more recent, e.g. Dehillerin/Matfer catalogues, as they could become potential copyright infringements when a copy is produced. Others were only available in person.
- The 1880 Maurice Kahn & Pariselle catalogue appears to be a manufacturer supplier catalogue, which I have not seen. In the catalogue, page 13/14, you can see what I reference as scrollwork handles and a dog-bone handle as inventory they produce. Reinforces the idea that many chaudronneries sourced their parts from suppliers like this, which means relying on parts, like handles, to identify a manufacturer is not a reliable method (as we know).
- Briffault catalogue also shows quite a bit of pieces which do not have dog-bone handles although it’s quite difficult to tell from the catalogue.
Kris, I cannot thank you enough for these contributions. These catalogs have been invaluable for my research to identify pieces, and I know readers appreciate them as well. I also thank you for your attention to the dog-bone and scrollwork handles — like you I am coming to believe these styles were used by multiple makers. It may well be that the handles are an indicator of age but not of specific provenance.
Readers, please take a look at the Library for these new additions!
- Benham & Sons, 1862
- Maurice Kahn & Pariselle, 1880
- Briffault, 1897
- Duparquet Huot & Moneuse, 1898 and 1907
- Dehillerin, 1961
- Lasnier, undated, but likely late 19th century