match the friezes, or the ceiling may be frescoed. The
tapestries must have the same ground color, and that must
be like the ground color scheme of the chairs, sofas, car-
pets or rugs.
All the furniture must be in the style of Louis XV. ,
which insures lightness and grace of shape, gold and jew-
eled woodwork and dainty upholstery effects, and admits
of the introduction of exquisite pieces of furniture, made
in those days for use, and in these principally for orna-
The window draperies, cushions and all the ornaments
in such a suite of rooms must be in Louis XV. style. None
of the bric-a-brac may be of any other period.
W/hat may be called the cult of sofa pillows is not so
well understood as it should be. On a sofa or divan,
whose cover is a gay Bagdad curtain or a flowered brocade,
the effect is very inharmonious if it is piled with a variety
of all-over design effects. The pillows should be for the
most part in solid colors or soft neutral tones, or the .
result is exceedingly inartistic. An excellent arrange-
ment is to have, in the case of a divan which has no back,
perhaps three large square pillows stuffed with hair and
covered with a hard plush or corduroy in a solid color.
This establishes a background, even if the actual cover of
the divan is gay, and permits the use of more variety then
in the cushions against it; but to buy cushions in a hap-
hazard way is often as disastrous as to buy pictures by
the yard or bric-a-brac by the bargain sale.
"The art silks for the various uses of fancy work, includ-
ing scarf draperies and sofa cushions, are vying in
beauty this season with costly hand work in the shape of
elaborate embroideries. A sofa cushion made up of silk
of a pale art green tint, powdered with brown thistles,
was as extremely realistic as though it had been
wrought in relief work. Some other patterns seen were
one of apple green silk, covered with cherry blossoms, and
a rich one of a cafe au lait ground, upon which were strewn
in lavish profusion perky bunches of the stiff little spikes
of wintergreen leaves, with the bright red beads of berries
that betoken their ripening.
\n elegant way to furnish a library is with heavy carved
black oak of the Elizabethan period. The big chairs
are quite as comfortable as they are handsome, and seem
to imply that solidity for the accommodation of mind and
body are to be found in the library. Its walls should be
dark green, while those of a dining room should be com-
paratively light, and boudoirs and sleeping rooms de-
William Nichols has opened an upholstering establish-
ment at Milford, Del.
Frank W. Robinson, formerly with T. J. Keveney &
Co., is now in the upholstery department at John Wana-
maker's. New York.
The account of the Saranac Mills will be represented
hereafter by Herbert Gardner in New York and by R. S.
Browniie, of the former firm of Rosenthal & Brownlie, in
Chicago and the West.
James Munro, manager of Stern Brothers' magnificent
upholstery department, will sail for Europe about the mid-
dle of March. If the effete monarchies have anything new
to offer, Mr. Munro will bring it back with him.
R. T. Hazzard & Co., of Philadelphia, will act as sell-
ing agents for the decorative burlaps manufactured by
the Farr & Bailey Manufacturing Company, Camden,
N. J. Hazzard & Co. will show the goods at their Phila-
delphia headquarters, 814 Pine street, and also at their
New York office, in the Presbyterian Building, Fifth
The "Inlaid Linoleum (Thomson's Patent) Company,
Ltd.," Halifax, England, has been registered, with a
capital of ^50,000 in ;£b shares, to adopt an agreement
with W. G. Thomson, and to carry on the business of
manufacturers of and dealers in linoleums. The directors
are Clement Holdsworth, Sir John Cass, William M.
Brigg and W. G. Thomson.
The Wyoming Valley Lace Company, Wilkesbarre,
Pa., have purchased recently the plot of land 61x127
feet on Union street which was owned by the late Elias
Robbins, and will build on it a large addition to their
factory. The company held their annual election on the
15th ult., and the following officers were chosen: Presi-
dent, W. J. Harvey; treasurer, Fred Theis; secretary, P.
R. Raife; directors, Messrs. Duncan, Peter Forve, C. E.
Stegmaier and John T. Lenahan.
The Ardmore Mill, now building for the Laurence
W. Frank Company, at 139 and 141 Oxford street, Phila-
delphia, is rapidly approaching completion, and will soon
be ready for the machinery. The company intend to
manufacture high grade curtains and table covers, up-
holstery and decorative fabrics. The mill will be one of
the finest in the city, and will have every facility for pro-
ducing high grade goods. A very notable feature of the
mill is the arrangement for light, the building being one
story in height. The roof is one vast skylight; a great
advantage for a room in which delicate fabrics are manu-
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WORTH STREET'S UPHOLSTERY ATTRACTION.
o better proof of the position held
by Stead & Miller as leading
manufacturers of upholsteries
and curtains may be evidenced
than the fact that the major
portion of visiting buyers find their
way to 115 Worth street, the firm's
New York salesroom. The latter is
now almost flocking by itself owing to
the up town movement, but as one ot
the largest buyers said to a Review
man : " We'll have to go down to
■''"* ~ Worth street as long as Stead & Miller
remain there." D. O. Kerbaugh, in charge of the office,
is not behind his up-town competitors in attractive and
convenient appointments for displaying the goods, for the
Worth street showrooms form model selling quarters.
Stead & Miller have marketed their output this season
very fully ; in fact, in quantity of goods the season will
probably come iip to any in past big years, but values have
been so greatly reduced as compared with five years ago
that an upholstery manufacturer has to exceed largely
even such a year as 1892 in output to compare with its
ROSENTHAL & BROWNLIE CHANGE.
THE firm of Rosenthal & Brownlie, manufacturers'
agents, has dissolved, and the business is continued
by W. E. Rosenthal, who retains all the accounts handled
by the former firm, excepting that of the Saranac Mills.
Among these accounts are those of Hyndmann & Moore,
the Matred Mills and the Hensel Silk Manufacturing Com-
pany for the West. Mr. Rosenthal continues the sales-
rooms at 458 Broadway, New York; 147 Fifth avenue,
Chicago, and in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston and
Toronto, while he is considering also the opening of an
office in St. Louis. Mr. Rosenthal shows one of the
strongest lines of tapestry and chenille curtains and table
covers and upholstery piece goods, and will add new lines
by the opening of next season.
THE POINT DE PARIS BOBBINET CURTAIN.
COHEN Brothers & Co., 424 and 426 Broadway, New
York, are to the front again with six new designs of
bobbinet ruffled curtains of the Point de Paris effect. The
large increase of orders for this class of window drapery,
which has become a leading style in all the fashionable
cities of the world, has forced Messrs. Cohen & Co. to re-
move their workroom to the lofts over their store on
Broadway. They now occupy three floors, 50x100 feet
each, devoted to the manufacture of all kinds of made-up
The store of Ewen, Mclntyre & Co., New Haven,
Conn., will be enlarged next May by the addition of an
adjoining building, which is three stories high. The firm
will then have about 60,000 feet of floor space.
J. S. LESSER & CO.'S NEW QUARTERS.
JS. Lesser & Co., the lace curtain manufacturers and
• importers, are now well settled in their new quar-
ters at 473 Broadway, where they occupy two lofts, each
about 30x200 feet. One loft is utilized entirely for show-
rooms and offices, and its arrangement and superb light
make it a model lace curtain salesroom. J. S. Lesser re-
turned on the 19th ult. from abroad with a number of
new styles in Brussels, Irish point, Tambour and Notting-
ham curtains. The firm also show a choice line of do-
mestic lace curtains and a strong assortment of ruffled net
and muslin curtains of their own make. There is every
indication that Lesser & Co. are to figure more promi-
nently in the curtain field than ever before.
STERN BROTHERS' SPRING UPHOLSTERIES.
THE wholesale upholstery department of Stern Brothers
has become one of those places to which lovers of the
beautiful and useful resort in search of handsome things,
which can be found nowhere else in New York. There
is hardly anything of the art products of the world in
draperies and upholsteries which is not to-day to be seen
in this department, which offers buyers desirous of finding
confined patterns and fabrics opportunities which give
them a chance to distance all competition without the
necessity of carrying stocks, the mere interest on which
would eat up all possible profit. There is absolutely
nothing that is new or good that is not to be found at
Stern's, and it goes without saying that there is nothing
that is staple and good, even if it be not new, that cannot
be found in the stock.
Chas. B. Young & Co have had very satisfactory calls
from visiting buyers during the past fortnight, and are
sending in good orders to Hoyle, Harrison & Kaye and
the Eden Manufacturing Company. They have- lines of
curtains, piece goods and table covers which cannot be
D. Robb Stirratt is recording excellent orders on the
Hensel Company's new " Velvet Ruff " rope portifere. As
stated in our last issue, the advantage of obtaining a
thicker appearing rope at about the same price as the old
style rope portieres appeals at once to a discerning buyer.
Stephen Wallis, representative of W. E. Meats & Co.,
the Nottingham curtain manufacturers, recently rettirned
from a satisfactory Western trip, and will go out again
this month. Mr. Wallis is offering the stock of curtains at
33 Howard street at specially low prices, and can give im-
The John Kroder and Henry Reubel Company are now
settled in their new and spacious salesrooms, 268 and 270
Canal street. New York, and their offerings in upholstery
and carpet hardware, wood and metal curtain poles and
trimmings, &c., are well calculated to interest thoroughly
every buyer. Their large factory on Clinton street and
their increased facilities for both manufacturing and sell-
ing metal and wood goods enable them to meet the de-
mands of the trade more completely than ever before.
See their new advertisement on page 99 of this issue.
HALL GRILLE AND DRAPERY.
13 foot ceiling; 11 feet 6 inches, wall to wall.
DESIGNED AND DRAWN BY B. H. FISHER, V/ITH W. H. McKNlGHT, SONS & CO., LOUISVILLE, KY.
HERALDIC WINDOW OR DOOR DRAPERY.
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Altman. — Benjamin Altman, of B. Altman & Co., New York, has
returned from a sojourn of several weeks in the South.
Bratton. — W. L. Bratton has been making a long trip in the
West for the Pantasote Company.
Campbell. — W. Campbell, of Campbell, iletzger c& Jacobson,
sailed for Europe on the 19th ult.
CowpERTHvrAiTE. — W. P. Co-svperthwaite, of Scranton, Pa., -was
in town last week looking for spring stock. He was accompanied
by his wife, and was visiting with friends in Brooklyn.
Emden". — G. Emden, of Emden & Wormser, sailed on the
Etruria on the 19th ult., for a two months' absence, looking after
novelties and staples in curtains and curtain materials.
Jo,^-ES.— Wm. Jones, formerly with F. Horst & Co., fur dyers
and manufacturers, Bogart street, Brooklj'n, succeeds the late Ned
Thurston in the robe department of Joseph Wild & Co., and will
cover New York State and the West,
KuRR. — Louis Kurr, manager of B. Altman & Co.'s upholstery-
department, returned from Europe on the Trave February M.
Lee. — L. W. Lee, of Lee Brothers, Peoria, IlL, was in the New
York market last week. He says that he chooses the winter season
to come to New York, leaving the warm weather for his brother, F.
T. Lee. Mr. Lee received a hearty welcome by the selling frater-
nity, who remember the uniform courtesy extended to them by the
Messrs. Lee when visiting Peoria.
Lesser. — J. S. Lesser, of J. S. Lesser & Co., returned from Eu-
Li:<coLN. — F. S. Lincoln, who has forseveral years been upholstery
buyer for G. V. S. Quackenbush & Co., of Troy, has since the con-
solidation with Loomis & Evans, as noted in a recent issue of The
Review, been promoted downward — that is his department is to be
moved from the third to the second floor. He will also be given
M.i.LLEP.Ky. — Clark !Mallemy, head of Albert Gall's upholstery de-
partment, Indianapolis, was in town last week looking after his spring
stock. "Confound it. man," he said to a salesman who refused to
meet his view as to the price of certain articles, " you're so contrary
that cheese would physic you. "
NAUiiANK. — -A Naumann, of the A, Naumann-Pulfrich Company,
was a passenger on the St Louis when she saved the passengers
and crew of the Veendam. Mr. Naumann witnessed the departure
and arrival of the rescuing boats and the bursting of flames from the
Veendam, and aided in caring for the passengers.
O'Brien — Desmond. — P. O'Brien has succeeded J. D. Desmond as
resident buyer in New York for J. J. O'Brien & Co., San Francisco.
The office is at 43 Leonard street.
Selig. — ^J. Selig, upholstery buyer for Ludwig Brothers, Four-
teenth street, is dangerously ill at St. Luke's Hospital His
former assistant is now in charge of the department.
Seymour. — Thomas C. Seymour, for many years with the Scotch
Syndicate, and more recently with Lord & Taylor, has made an
engagement with the Pegamoid Company.
Sharp. — Robert G. Sharp, for many years manager and foreijm
buyer for the upholstery department of the famous old house of E. S.
JafEray & Co., is one of the incorporators of the C. H. Carroll Com-
pany, which will open a department store about April 1 in
Rochester, N. Y. Mr Sharp is an able merchant, a broad guage
man, and will be an acquisition to mercantile and social circles in
his new home. His New York friends, and the term includes every-
body who ever met him, will be sorry to lose him, but will wish him
all the success he deserves, and that is simply wLshing him everything
he could desire.
Wasserma.n. — Ben Wasserman, of the Philadelphia Tapestry Com-
pany, is back from an extended wedding tour, and is as happy in his
new as he was forlorn in his old estate. The day is not far distant
apparently when an old bachelor will be as rare in the upholstery
trade as an imported silk hat.
FERGUSON BROTHERS' LATEST NOVELTIES.
IN a business like that of Ferguson Brothers, the well-
known manufacturers of novelties and specialties for
furniture, upholstering and housefurnishing departments,
brain work must be both incessant and well directed to se-
cure success, for the demand for new things never relaxes.
The great growth of this firm's business is therefore a con-
clusive proof that their designing department has at its
ser\dce a remarkable and apparently inexhaustible fund of
ideas, enabling them to turn out new things to suit ever}-
season, novelties which not only fill all obvious demands of
the public, but also suggest and stimulate new uses, things
entirely novel and yet so evidently desirable that one almost
wonders why they were not thought of before. Among the
specialties in the Messrs. Ferguson's lines which have been
especially successful in the present season are a number of
new styles in screens, a line of white enameled cabinets, a
variety of fire screens, and their unique shirt waist boxes.
These boxes are perhaps the greatest hit of the season.
They are made in nests of four, each box being covered
with handsome cretonne, lined with dainty figured muslin
and having a lid with brass hinges. They are extremely
useful as receptacles for clothing, shoes, &c. , and the de-
mand for them has already reached great proportions.
Ferguson Brothers' complete lines are shown at their
downtown salesroom, 494 Broadway, and at their oflSce and
factory, 433 and 435 West Thirty-first street. New York.
James S. Lyon, theatrical upholsterer, of High Holbom,
London, died recently. He was intimately connected
with the theatrical profession for the last fifty-five years,
and during that time was intrusted with the furnishing of
most of the theatres and music halls in London and of
many in the provinces. The English theatre-going public
is indebted to him for a very large proportion of the com-
fort and luxury it enjoys when attending a place of amuse-
The great amount of work encountered in the removal
of the salesrooms of The John Kroder and Henrj- Reubel
Company to 268 and 270 Canal street, coupled with a
constantly increasing; business, has kept Messrs. Reubel,
Kroder and Angier and their entire force more than busy
since the first of the year. Time is straightening out
matters, however, and orders are beginning to go out with
usiml promptness. This company now have the best
lighted and appointed salesroom for carpet and uphol-
sterj- hardware and curtain poles in the trade.
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The Warner Bedding Company, 399 Sixth avenue, will
go out of business April 1.
Speyer Brothers, dealers in upholstering materials,
cabinet hardware, &c. , will remove about May 1 from
113 to 101 Bowery, where they will occupy the store and
The schedules of George W, Graham, manufacturer of
gimps, braids and carpet bindings, 516 West Thirty-fifth
street, who assigned on January 24, show liabilities,
$12,407; nominal assets, $17,772; actual assets, $8,940.
The partnership heretofore existing under the name of
Manix, Dresser & Ahrens has been dissolved by mutual
consent, E. H. Dresser having retired from the firm Feb-
ruary 1, and Gustave Ahrens having retired on February
19. The business of the late firm will be conducted by
J. E. Manix and A. R. Manix, under the firm name of
J. E. Manix & Co.
The strong lines of curtains and curtain materials handled
by F. M. Van Blaricom have sold so freely that the factory
facilities have been constantly enlarged. The combinations
and effects in fish net, muslin and bobbinet ruffled curtains
are specially tasteful and handsome, and reflect high
credit on Mr. Van Blaricom's knowledge of what will sell.
■ A call at his salesroom, 415 Broadway, will be profitable
to every curtain buyer.
James McCreery & Co.'s Twenty- third street store con-
tinues to expand. The firm have added another building,
25 feet front. The improvement of the main floor will
not end here, as the store occupying the intervening space
between the two entrances will be occupied by them as
soon as the lease of the present occupants expires and the
necessary alterations are made. As soon as these are com-
pleted they will have an unbroken frontage of 150 feet,
with facilities for displays equal to any store in the city.
W. J. Wilde recently returned from a very successful
trip for the wholesale upholstery department of B. Alt-
man & Co. He reports that the firm's line received
greatly increased attention, as buyers who had purchased
the goods previously met with great success in handling
them. The feature of seeing effects in weave and style
not in any other wholesale stock is certainly an attraction
for every careful buyer. Mr. Wilde will start out shortly
on a supplemental trip with the latest novelties brought
over by Louis Kurr, the department manager, who re-
turned from abroad last week.
Because the culvert at Fourth avenue and Eighteenth
street overflowed recently, and water filled the basement
of the upholstery store of F. Schumacher & Co., the firm
has sent to the comptroller a claim for damages to the
amount of $12,909.16, preparatory to beginning a suit
against the city.
The new salesrooms of Rieser & Co., 473 Broadway,
have presented a busy aspect during the past fortnight, as
the firm have received calls from a majority of the visiting
buyers, and an old-time air of activity pervaded the estab-
lishment. The firm have been particularly fortunate in
holding an excellent stock of Saxony Brussels curtains and
fine French goods, as it appears the market is not over-
stocked on these better class curtains. They continue
busy on their ruffled muslin and net curtains, and their
producing facilities enable them to care for orders as well
as any other concern in the trade.
The new upholstery department in the H. A. Meldrum
Company's establishment, Buffalo, N. Y., has met with
pronounced success since its opening last September, and
it has been decided to devote the entire third fioor of the
building at 460 to 466 Main street, a space 50x250 feet, to
upholstery and carpets, a complete stock of the latter be-
ing opened up for spring trade. Charles Anderson, of
the concern, and W. S. Porter, the practical manager and
buyer of the department, have been in the market during
the past week purchasing both upholsteries and carpets.
CHARLES W. BRENEMAN & CO.
As large manufacturers of shade cloths and window
shades Charles W. Breneman & Co., Cincinnati,
Ohio, are in a position to interest strongly every buyer of
such goods. Breneman & Co. have exceptional facilities
for extensive and economical production, and call atten-
tion also to the saving in time and freight charges secured
by dealers in the territory tributary to Cincinnati in buy-
ing from them. See their advertisement on page 85 of
this issue referring to Camargo shadings.
Diff Brothers, upholsterers, are a new firm in Denver,
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A CORRESPONDENT o£ an English newspaper writes from
Iceland as follows: " All accounts I have read about
eider ducks say that nests are robbed of their down twice,
the duck supplying it each time from her own body ; the
third time the drake gives his white down, and this is
allowed to remain. But I was told by farmers in Iceland
that now they never take the down until the little ones are
hatched. It has been found that the birds thrive better
and increase faster when they are allowed to live as nature
meant them to do. So now the poor mothers are no
longer obliged to strip themselves of all their down to
refurnish their despoiled nests. Sometimes, if the quan-
tity is very great, a little may be taken, but enough must
be left to cover the eggs
when the duck leaves
her nest for food.
"An eider duck farm at
Isafjord is thus de-
scribed: ' On the coast
was a wall built of large
stones, just above high
water level, about 3 feet
high and of considerable
thickness at the bottom.
On both sides of it
alternate stones had been
left out so as to form
a series of square com-
partments for the ducks
to make their nests in.
Almost every compart-
ment was occupied,
and as we walked along
the shore a line of ducks
flew out, one after an-
other. The house was a
marvel ; the earthen
walls that surround it
and the window embras-
ures were occupied with
ducks. On the ground
the house was fringed
with ducks. On the turf
slopes of the roof we
could see ducks, and
ducks sat on the scraper.'
"About 10,000 pounds
of eiderdown are gathered
annually in Iceland,
7,000 being exported to
foreign counties. For-
merly the peasants used
to receive over 31 shill-
ings a pound, but the
price has now fallen to half that amount,
seldom receive money, and are obliged to barter their
down for merchandise furnished by the Danish merchants
at the little settlements at the fjords. A pound and a half
of down is enough to fill an ordinary bed puff. These
very comfortable articles are found in the guest room of
every Iceland farm, however poor and small it may be.
After a long, hard day in the saddle the traveler longs for
warmth and shelter. These little guest rooms have never
had a fire in them, and built, as they are, on the ground,
there is a dreadful chill in them. Once tucked away in
bed, the tired bones lose their pains and stiffness, how-
ever, and well covered with down puff, a delightful sense
of comfort follows."
THE French Consul General at Zurich, Switzerland, says: