Original Manuscript Wedding Gift Album
Denver: 1930. Good. Item #21227
Denver? Ca. 1930. Small oblong quarto; gilt-tooled padded die-cut calf with celluloid lozenge inserted into middle of upper cover carved with birds and flowers, all edges gilt, moiré endpapers; extremities quite rubbed and leather starting to peel from boards, several surface scratches, else Good, internally sound and quite legible. A token clearly thumbed through over and over again. Location based on the marriage certificate of Henry Cole and Katherina Bullock, married in Denver on June 3, 1930.
Filled three-fifths to completion--295 gifts recorded out of a total of 500 numbered lines provided--each line divided into six sections: Name, Address, Gift, Where From, Acknowledged, and Remarks. This album the first gift acknowledged, though the list grows only more impressive, and includes two Chippendale tables, an 1802 George III tea set by Berwash, and a wagonload of items from Tiffany's (Royal Crown Darby tea set, silverware, bronze magnifying glass, coffee service, clock, etc.). The happy couple also received no fewer than five bonbon dishes, a first edition of Keats, and a four-volume set of "Gil Blas" ("very old"). Not too shab, except for maybe the "Gil Blas."