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Caldwell & Company collection

Creator:
Caldwell & Company.  Search this
Names:
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
E.T. Caldwell Lighting Company  Search this
Edward F. Caldwell & Company  Search this
Frick Collection  Search this
Plastic Illuminating Company  Search this
St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
White House (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Caldwell, Edward F.  Search this
Von Lossberg, Victor F.  Search this
Extent:
56,000 Photographs (Black and white photographs in albums)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1894-[circa 1944]
Summary:
This collection spans the years 1894-circa 1944 and contains approximately 56,000 black and white photographs. The photographs are mounted in 148 large (22"x18") and 93 small (12"x14") albums. About 5,000 are mounted individually. The images depict the full repertoire of Caldwell products. Since all of Caldwell's designs were custom made for each project, these photographs were used to illustrate all of the many designs for lighting they produced.
Arrangement note:
Unprocessed.
Biographical/Historical note:
Edward F. Caldwell and Victor F. von Lossberg founded Edward F. Caldwell & Company in 1894 in New York City. They became the most prominent manufacturers of custom lighting fixtures and metalwork in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Their success was due to their ability to incorporate popular and eclectic styles from French Neoclassical to Art Deco into their designs for electric lighting fixtures.

Since they worked with the leading architects of the day, Caldwell lighting fixtures and decorative metalwork appeared in many major building projects, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Andrew Carnegie's mansion (now home to Cooper Hewitt), and the 1902 renovation of the White House. For these projects, architectural plans would be brought in and drawings and occasionally models would be created. By the 1920s, Caldwell & Company had one of the largest foundries in New York City. They were one of the few American firms that mastered the techniques for applying enamel decorations to metalwork and were renowned for their casting and gilding of bronze. They produced fine metalwork objects such as tables, lamps, clocks, desk sets, fire screens, and statues.

All items were custom made with few exceptions. Due to the Depression, the firm was forced to scale down their operation. The company was liquidated by the Internal Revenue Service in 1956, but reorganized and reemerged that same year as E.T. Caldwell Lighting Company. The Plastic Illuminating Company was a subsidiary of the Caldwell Lighting Company. The company eventually went out of business entirely in 1959.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Drawings and Prints Department. Approximately 5,000 presentation drawings in pencil and watercolor of proposed and realized designs for custom made lamps, chandeliers, and wall brackets for installation in the 1902 White House, the Frick Collection Library Building, and the Cleveland Public Library, among other buildings. Again, since all of the company's projects were done to the specifications of the individual client, these drawings were an essential part of the communication between lighting designer and architect.
The New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archive Section. The business records of E.T. Caldwell Lighting Company of New York City, and its predecessor Edward F. Caldwell & Co., including leters, draughtman's sketches, group schedule of designs, design records, invoice books, ledgers, and records of the firm's subsidiary, the Plastic Illuminating Company. Covers the period, 1909-1959.
Restrictions:
Unprocessed; access in limited. Permission of Library Director required for use.
Occupation:
Lighting designers  Search this
Topic:
Metal-work -- United States  Search this
Lighting, Architectural and decorative -- Design  Search this
Lighting -- Design -- United States  Search this
Wall sconces  Search this
Chandeliers  Search this
Lamps -- Design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Identifier:
SIL-CH.1995-79-1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-ch-1995-79-1

Mr. Robinson's Retirement Party (Principal of Terrell Jr. High School), Nov[ember] 1963 [cellulose acetate photonegative]

Photographer:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Creator:
Eastman Kodak Company (film manufacturer)  Search this
Names:
Terrell Junior High School  Search this
Robinson, Mr.  Search this
Subseries Creator:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet., 4" x 5")
Container:
Box 110
Culture:
African Americans -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
New coccine (or crocein scarlet) dye
Retouching
Place:
Washington (D.C.) -- African Americans
Washington (D.C.) -- 1960-1970 -- Photographs
Date:
November 1963
Scope and Contents:
Group of men and women seated at several round dining tables in a dining room with chandeliers and wall sconces. There are glasses and coffee cups on the tables. Ink on negative "2". Ink on envelope: caption, 1 glossy of each and dup order 12/18/63 as indicated. "KODAK - SAFETY -- FILM" edge imprint. Retouching on faces with New Coccine.
Subseries Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Subseries Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Dinners and dining  Search this
Table setting and decoration  Search this
Retirees  Search this
Parties  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1960-1970 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film
New Coccine (or Crocein Scarlet) dye
Retouching -- Dye
Subseries Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
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Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.1: Black-and-White Silver Gelatin Negatives
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.1: Black-and-White Silver Gelatin Negatives / 4.1: Black-and-White Silver Gelatin negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s04-01-ref3629
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Lighting - Wall Sconces

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Product Design and Decorative Arts Department  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2025; Transferring office; 10/4/1994 memorandum, Kirby to Watkins; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-240, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Product Design and Decorative Arts Department, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa13-240-refidd1e2140

Crypt: Wall Sconces Installed, 1977

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Architectural History and Historic Preservation  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 49
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-007, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Architectural History and Historic Preservation, Building Files
See more items in:
Building Files
Building Files / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa09-007-refidd1e1333

Theater Wall Sconce

Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in x 7 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 19.05 cm
Object Name:
Holder
Location where used:
United States: New York, Syracuse
Subject:
Theater  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift Robert C. Sardino
ID Number:
1984.0789.007
Accession number:
1984.0789
Catalog number:
1984.0789.007
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-4a24-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_681289

Chromogenic print of President Bush with Rabbi Funnye and Rabbinit Miriam Funnye

Created by:
Shealah Craighead, American  Search this
Subject of:
President George W. Bush, American, born 1946  Search this
Rabbi Capers Funnye, American, born 1952  Search this
Laura Bush, American, born 1946  Search this
Rabbinit Miriam Funnye, American  Search this
Medium:
dye, photographic gelatin, photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Sheet): 7 15/16 × 9 15/16 in. (20.2 × 25.3 cm)
H x W (Image): 6 × 8 15/16 in. (15.2 × 22.7 cm)
Type:
chromogenic color prints
photographs
Place made:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
December 10, 2007
Topic:
African American  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Photography  Search this
Politics  Search this
Religious groups  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Gift of Rabbi Capers Funnye and the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation
Object number:
2011.88.5
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5f472a67e-8c84-4a88-8c1e-71d1c8217cc2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.88.5

Designs for Wall Sconces

Designer:
Ettore Sottsass, (Italian, 1917–2007)  Search this
Manufacturer:
Yamagiwa Corporation, founded 1923  Search this
Medium:
Graphite, color crayon on cream paper
Type:
lighting
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
Italy
Date:
1989
Credit Line:
Gift of Friedman Benda, courtesy of the artist
Accession Number:
2013-24-12
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq41bb969f3-4df5-4f34-ba51-f8be585d3274
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2013-24-12
Online Media:

Wall sconce

Designer:
Dale Chihuly, American, b. 1941  Search this
Medium:
Blown glass, metal
Type:
lighting
Decorative Arts
Wall sconce
Made in:
Seattle, WA, USA
Date:
1996
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Accession Number:
2007-31-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq44e73de50-4578-4585-9018-21474899af0f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2007-31-1

Wall Sconce

Maker:
Dale Chihuly, American, b. 1941  Search this
Medium:
Blown glass, metal
Type:
lighting
Decorative Arts
Wall Sconce
Made in:
Seattle, Washington, USA
Date:
1996
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Accession Number:
2007-31-2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq49c3ea260-5331-4d76-8b85-75a09a589b2a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2007-31-2

Design for Signpost, Monkey

Designer:
William Hunt Diederich, American, b. Hungary, 1884–1953  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Type:
metalwork
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
USA
Date:
after 1934
Credit Line:
Gift of Diana Diederich Blake
Accession Number:
1992-92-41
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Diana Diederich Blake
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4478a99b1-93f4-476b-8704-423fc26d25ff
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1992-92-41
Online Media:

Design for Wall Sconce, Antelope

Designer:
William Hunt Diederich, American, b. Hungary, 1884–1953  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Type:
lighting
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1928
Credit Line:
Gift of Diana Diederich Blake
Accession Number:
1992-92-70
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Diana Diederich Blake
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq495ad964e-29a7-41d1-9583-d8b9feca07c8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1992-92-70
Online Media:

Design for Articulable Wall Sconce

Office of:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Type:
lighting
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
1929–1934
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-1641
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4071d7fe4-1c07-4c08-b6e6-40b646699804
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-1641
Online Media:

Design for Dining Room, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Milton Apartment, 1 Beekman Place, New York, NY

Office of:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Designer:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Client:
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Milton  Search this
David Milton  Search this
Draftsman:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Medium:
Pen and black ink, graphite on white illustration board
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
1933–34
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq475bc69e9-e90c-4f61-a51b-530151592e46
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-3
Online Media:

Design for Dining Saloon, Lady Esther Yacht

Office of:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Client:
Syma Cohen  Search this
Alfred Cohen  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on cream wove paper
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
1934–35
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-312-11
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq440c1c7d1-5091-427f-95ef-1a35ce5b835a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-312-11

Lighting Fixture/ Wall Sconce

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
(Unknown) Meyer  Search this
Draftsman:
F. S.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite
Type:
lighting
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
October 9, 1933
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-674
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq49f998e83-3499-4c8c-bd05-c4cb6d899cdc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-674

Three Designs for Wall Sconces in the Chinese Taste, Plate 48 in One Hundred and Fifty New Designs

Designer:
Thomas Johnson, English, 1714–1778  Search this
Engraver:
Butler Clowes, English, 1714–1778  Search this
Medium:
Etching on cream laid paper, bound in book
Type:
furniture
Print
Object Name:
Print
Made in:
England
Date:
1756–57
Credit Line:
Museum purchase through gift of Agnes Miles Carpenter
Accession Number:
1962-191-22
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4fd218b94-b4dc-4446-a541-365fef1b40e4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1962-191-22

Unterschiedlich Augspurgische Goldschmidts Arbeit, "Large Frame Design, Two Chairs and Wall Sconces", Plate 6

Designer:
Abraham Drentwet, 1647 – 1727  Search this
Printer:
Georg Heinrich Schifflen, German, 1666 – 1745  Search this
Publisher:
Jeremias Wolff, German, 1663–1750  Search this
Medium:
Engraving
Type:
furniture
Print
Object Name:
Print
Made in:
Germany
Date:
1721–40
Credit Line:
Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. J.G.K. Duer
Accession Number:
1962-198-36
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4f1266dec-c9eb-4f77-affe-003dcd12baa2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1962-198-36

"Design for a Wall Sconce," Plate 5 of IIe Cahier d'Arabesques l'usage des artistes..., Paris: Mondhare

Engraver:
Jacques Juillet, French, 1739 - 1784  Search this
Designer:
Michel, French, active 1785  Search this
Medium:
etching with some engraving on cream laid paper
Object Name:
Print
Type:
Print
Made in:
France
Credit Line:
Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
Accession Number:
1921-6-362-5
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq406d005a9-55b3-4409-a895-c9bf5feb8d12
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1921-6-362-5

[Trade catalogs from Virginia Metalcrafters, Inc.]

Company Name:
Virginia Metalcrafters, Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
Loth Stove Co. (Div.) ; Riteway Mfg. Co. (Div.)  Search this
Notes content:
grey iron, brass, and aluminum castings ; ornamental ironwork ; Authentic Williamsburg lighting fixture reproductions (hanging lanterns, wall lanterns, wall sconces, lighting fixtures, lamps with shades) ; Loth Stove Co. : repair castings ; coal and wood heaters ; ranges ; console circulators ; other heating and cooking equipment .
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
14 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Waynesboro, Virginia, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Lighting (electric; gas; candle; oil; etc.)  Search this
Brass; bronze and specialty metals  Search this
Metalwork products (architectural and ornamental)  Search this
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Appliances (household)  Search this
Heating; ventilation and air conditioning  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Topic:
Air conditioning  Search this
Architectural metal-work  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Beverage industry  Search this
Brass  Search this
Bronze  Search this
Candles  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Heating  Search this
Heating and ventilation industry  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Lamps  Search this
Lighting  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Metals  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Ventilation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_26833
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_26833

[Trade catalogs from Halcolite Co., Inc.]

Company Name:
Halcolite Co., Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
New York, NY  Search this
Notes content:
Lighting fixtures ; chandeliers ; lanterns ; wall sconces ; 1935, 1941-1942, 1950-1951
Includes:
Trade catalog, price lists and photographs
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
7 pieces; 3 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Lighting (electric; gas; candle; oil; etc.)  Search this
Topic:
Candles  Search this
Lamps  Search this
Lighting  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_18356
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_18356

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