J.W. Allen, a company with a long and distinguished history are well represented in this catalogue with and article on the company, various items that they produced and illustrations from a n 1878 catalogue of theirs.
The catalogue shows an exceptional Chinese Export Amboyna Campaign Chest with lions paw feet along with 5 other chests of various designs, timbers and makers. There is an unusual Aesthetic Design Easy Chair, a Tripod Stool which is a clever piece of design and a Portable Writing Slope on folding stand. Other highlights include a Campaign Teapoy and some 2 illustrated sheets of signals used by the Highgate Telegraph and Charles Fort in Barbados to recognise vessels. Six different pair of Brighton Bun Travelling Candlesticks are also show.
The makers represented include the A&N CSL,, Ross & Co., Allan Jones, Dollond, Austin of Dublin and Mechi & Bazin.