The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE 19735
302-888-4600 or 800-448-3883
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Creator: Samuel Tredwell Skidmore (1801-1881)
Title: Bills and architectural drawings
Acc. No.: 70x30, 70x53
Quantity: 73 items
Location: 3 E 1 and map case C, drawer 6
Tredwell Skidmore was a dry goods merchant in
SCOPE AND CONTENT
collection consists of seventy bills and three architectural drawings by T.
Thomas & Son relating to the construction of one of Skidmore's houses and
house furnishings. The drawings are for
a Greek revival style city house built at no. 369
The items are arranged in accession number order.
LANGUAGE OF MATERIALS
The materials are in English.
RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS
Collection is open to the public. Copyright restrictions may apply.
73x30 purchased from Gordon Colket.
73x53 purchased from James F. Carr.
Blackstone, W. Ellis.
T. Thomas & Son.
Furniture - Prices.
Room layout (Dwellings).
Bills of sale.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
Location: 3 E 1 and Map case C, drawer 6
Architectural drawings (in map case C, drawer 6):
The house was designed by T. Thomas & Son, architects. The dwelling was two rooms deep with a stair hall. It consisted of six stories: cellar, basement, stories 1-3, and an attic. The drawings are all pen and ink and wash.
70x30.1 Principal elevation, longitudinal section, and elevation of tea room. The drawing of the principal elevation is in color; it shows a pink exterior and includes depictions of window treatments. Especially to be noted are the decorated window shades. Some dimensions are included. (also a black and white copy)
70x30.2 Floor plans, including under cellar, basement, and first story. The undercellar delineates bearing posts and fireplace foundations and egress to the basement. A cesspool and sink hole are diagrammed on the exterior. The basement includes a long stair entry hall with closets, and a dining room at the right divided from the kitchen behind it by a store room and two closets. A wash room (laundry room) extends beyond the rear of the main block of the house at the end of the long hall. The first story includes a long entry hall with two staircases and several closets, two drawing rooms divided by sliding pocket doors and four columns. A piazza extends from the rear of the back drawing room, and a parlor occupies the space in the rear projection (it is located above the wash room). There are fireplaces in all principal rooms. A small building is shown across the rear of the lot, but its use is not specified. One half appears to be a privy (it was located above the sink hole); the other half was possibly a store room. Signed by Saml. T. Skidmore / David Louderback / W. Ellis Blackstone. (also a black and white copy)
70x30.3 Floor plans, including 2nd story, 3rd story, and attic. The second and third stories each have two large bedrooms over the drawing rooms and are separated by adjoining clothes presses and closets with wash basins. Smaller bedrooms are found over the hall. A bathroom and library make up the extensions of the second story. The attic includes three more bedrooms and a large room (for storage or living area for attic residents). The plans are signed by Samuel T. Skidmore, David Louderback, and W. Ellis Blackstone, and are labeled as being from the firm of T. Thomas & Son, architects. (also a black and white copy)
Note: all bills are addressed to Mr. or Mrs. Skidmore
Folder 1: Bills for furnishing Mott St. house.
In pencil on back: amounts paid to Wm. Palmer and Jno. R. Townsend for furniture, carpet, fender, lamp, sundries.
.2 J. &
& Combes, May 3, 1833. Brass grates
and soapstone. (Skidmore received credit
for 2 old
.6 A. Mayor,
.8 J. &
.10 Hall & Mellen, May 10, 1833. A bureau.
Folder 2: Bills for furnishing Mott St. house.
.11 J.C. Bayles, May 11, 1833. Window blinds. Printed billhead (all text).
.12 Philip W. Burrell, May 13, 1833. Soup tureen, sauce tureen and boats, covered dishes, bowls, custards, dishes, plates, bakers, etc.
.15 W.H. &
.17 John H. Williams, May 18, 1833. Chamber glass, toilet glass, etc.
.19 J. & J.
[or I.] Cox,
.20 Floyd Smith, May 1833. Candlesticks, snuffer trays, ivory knives and forks, buck knives and forks, buck carving knife and fork, brass fire irons, mustard spoon, etc.
Folder 3: Bills for furnishing Mott St. house.
.21 Fuller & Thomas, May 28, 1833. Brass fenders, iron pans.
.22 John R. Townsend, May 1833. Long list of household items: carpets, furniture, glassware, talbe ware, spice mills, clothes horse, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, etc.
.23 J. & J.H. Sackett, May 1833. Carpeting. Printed billhead (all text).
.29 N. &
Folder 4: Bills for furnishing Mott St. house.
.31 Mrs. John
.33 W.H. & S. Nichols, Dec. 1833. Patent baker.
.35 Baldwin Gardiner,
.36 Jas. P.
.37 James P.
.38 Hall & Mellen, Sept., 1835. Table and chairs. Printed billhead (all text).
5: "Bills paid on account of house no. 369 Fourth
.40b wrapper that was around bills
.40c wrapper that was around bills
.43 W. Blackstone, May 22, 1845. Bill for extra carpentry work (lumber, nails, labor).
.45 James West, Dec. 28, 1844. Stained and enameled glass. Printed billhead (all text).
.46 S.B. Furbush, Jan.-Feb., 1845. Painting, brick work, varnishing, and other trim work.
.48a Ward &
.48b penciled note
.49a-b W. Blackstone, 1845. Planks, posts, paint, whitewash, and carpentry work.
.50 Cozens & Howell, July 1845. Pipes, stop cocks, and plumbing work.
6: "Bills paid for additional furniture &c for new house
.54 A. Mellen
.57 Henry Kipp
.58 William H.
that was around bills (with note that address was changed from 369 to
.59 Henry Kipp
7: "Bills paid for additional furniture &c for new house
.62 J. &
Rudd, & Scudder,
.69 Woram & Haughwout, n.d. Elbows, cutting marble, taking down and putting up mantel lights. Printed billhead (all text).
.70 Deming, Buckley & Co., n.d. Sofa, pier divans, etc.
Name index to bills
Abendroth (of Rollhaus & Abendroth) .44, .63
Bayles, J. C. .11
Blackstone, W. .41, .43, .49a
Bonnel (of Tweed & Bonnel) .26
Bulkley (of Deming, Bulkley & Co.) .68, .70
Burrell, Philip W. .12
Cauldwell, E. .27
Combes (of Griffith & Combes) .5
Cox, J. & J. .19
Cozens & Howell .50
D., A. E. .35
Dawes, Jno. .55
Deming, Bulkley & Co. .68, .70
Disosway, Cornelius R. .40
Drake, Jno. .31
Drake, Magdalen .31
Drummond, Jas. P. .36, .37
Drake, E. G. .3
Drake, John .35
Dunbar, Moses .30
Fellows, Rudd & Scudder .65
Fuller & Thomas .21
Furbush, S. B. .46, .49b
Gardiner, Baldwin .35
Goadby (of Ward & Goadby) .48a
Gray, G. W. .34
Griffith & Combes .5
Guion, William H. .58
Hall & Mellen .10, .38
Harrison, Edw. C. .47
Haughwout (of Woram & Haughwout) .53
Hawks, H. .24
Howell (of Cozens & Howell) .50
King, S. .35
Kingman, M. E. .56
Kipp, Henry, & Sons .57, .59
Louderback, David .42, .51
Mayo, A. .6
Meeks, J. & J. W. .62
Mellen (of Hall & Mellen) .10, .38
Mellen, A., & Co. .54
Nichols, W. H. & S. .15, .33
Ostrander, H. L. .66
Palmer, Geo. H. .28
Palmer, William .18, .28
Patterson, E. C. .13
Penny, Jas. .26
Phelps & Kingman .56
Phelps, Kingman & Co. .56
Poe, Jas. W. .62
Rollhaus & Abendroth .44, .63
Rudd (of Fellows, Rudd & Scudder) .65
Sackett, J. & J. H. .2, .8, .23
Scudder (of Fellows, Rudd & Scudder) .65
Skidmore .1, .5, .9, .10-.12, .15-.24, .26, .28, .30-.34, .36-.39, .44-.47, .53-.56, .63, .65, .69
Skidmore, S. .41
Skidmore, S. T. .3, .8, .14, .25, .29, .42, .43, .48a, .49a-b, .52, .57-.60, .62, .64, .66, .68, .70
Skidmore, Saml. T. .2, .40, .50, .51, .67
Sloane, William .66
Smith, Floyd .1, .20
Smithp J. R. .64
Stevens (of Williams & Stevens) .67
Tallman, John .25
Thomas (of Fuller & Thomas) .21
Townsend, John R. .22
Tweed & Bonnel .26
Underhill, W. J. .1, .20
Ward & Goadby .48a
West, James .45
White, N. & J. .29
Whitney, M. .60
Whitney, T. R. .14
Wilkins, C. W. .44, .63
Williams & Stevens .67
Williams, John H. .17
Windle, W. B. .9, .24
Woram & Haughwout .53, .69
Occupations represented by bills:
Bedding Merchant .10, .38, .54
Blind maker .11
[Cabinetmaker] .18, .28, .62
Carpet Merchant .2, .8, .23, .34, .52, .58, .60, .66
Carpenter .30, .41, .43, .49
Chair maker .26, .64
Copperplate printer .14
Coppersmith .15, .33
Crockery Merchant .12
Fancy store .1, .4, .7, .16, .61
Furniture Merchant .56, .68, .70
Furniture manufacturer .56, .57, .59
Glass Merchant .53, .69
Glass Stainer and Enameller .45
[Grate and Fender Maker] .5, .21 [.47], .48
Hardware Merchant .1, .4, .7, .13, .16, [.20], .32, .39, .61
Importer .35, .36, .37, .61, .65
Lawyer .22, .40
Looking Glass Merchant .17, .67
Mason .42, .51
[Merchant] .9, .24, .35, .1
Painter .46, .49
[Piano maker] .25
Store, Fancy .1, .4, .7, .16, .61
Stove maker .44
Tinsmith .15, .33