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[CHUBB & SON]. Chubb's patent locks and safes [a catalogue]..

London. [s.n.], October 1st, 1867
Large folio, dimensions 345 x 515mm. 9pp, [1]. Folded, with both horizontal and vertical creases, slight tearing to folds, spotting and manuscript docket title to lower wrapper. Original publisher's printed wrappers, with elaborate decoration to upper wrappers and copious engraved illustrations throughout.
A fabulous mid-Victorian trade catalogue for lock and safe 'makers to the Queen and the Bank of England' Chubb and Son, beautifully and extensively illustrated with full specifications of the products offered by the firm. As well as featuring the full range of Chubb's products, including key locks, 'patent strong wrought-iron safes', 'bankers' hard steel-plated safes and strong room doors', 'strong wrought-iron doors & frames for strong rooms', the 'patent diagonal safe' 'japaned boxes', 'deed boxes' and 'writing desks', the catalogue also trumpets various testimonials and prizes secured by the firm, most notably the 'Silver prize medal' at the 1867 Paris Exhibition. A scene from the exhibition, 'drawn, with the other illustrations in this catalogue, by H.S. Barton...Clapham' features on the upper wrapper (see the front of this very catalogue for detail).

COPAC locates only two other examples of Chubb catalogues (dated 1861 and 1863, both at BL); OCLC adds no further.
£ 750.00 Antiquates Ref: 21467