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Winterthur Digital Collections

About this collection

Within this collection are several of the earliest trade catalogs in the Winterthur Library. Most numerous are the catalogs that were printed in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as commercial or advertising tools for the distribution of metalware and ceramics.

Other trades and geographical regions are represented as well. A unique catalog -- part print, part manuscript -- was compiled by a Birmingham, England resident named George Wyon, and provides unparalleled documentation of the rise of the manufacture of Composition Ornament during the last quarter of the 18th century.  

An early trade catalog by Friedrich Gottlob Hoffmann (1741-ca. 1801) is thought to be the first known trade catalog by a German cabinetmaker; while furniture in the Regency Style of early 19th century England appears in a hand-colored trade catalog of designs by James Barron of London.

 

Over 900 additional trade catalogs from the Winterthur Library may be accessed on the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/winterthurlibrary 

 
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