Annual Illustrated Catalogue No 21 1914-1915 - AI Hall & Son, CA, c.1914, 324 pages, 9x11, hardbound, blue half-tone illustrations and full color ads. [Gilt title stamped on cover reads: Pacific Coast Jewelers Catalogue No. 21].
This original, fully illustrated catalogue is subtitled: "Manufacturers’ Agents and Wholesale Jewelers - Diamonds, Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Fountain Pens, Cut Glass, Sterling Silver, Silver Plate, Silver Novelties, Cutlery". Features pocket watches and chronographs by several makers including Seth Thomas, Elgin, Waltham, Ingersoll, Howard, etc, [a frame-worthy color plate features the Edward Howard chronometer with a price of $350], bracelet watches, a large assortment of fancy watch cases (in solid gold, gold-fill, sterling and silveroid), watch, vest and lapel chains and fobs, a large assortment of Waterbury clocks (from regulators to alarm clocks), Black Forest cuckoo clocks, Seth Thomas and imported clocks, silver by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co, Barbour Silver, 1847 Rogers and Wilcox Silver Plate Co including trophies, tea sets, brides’ baskets, baking dishes, trays, fern dishes, vases, napkin rings, caster sets, shakers, baby silver [cups, flatware, rattles], shaving mugs and mirrors, cigarette cases, fancy boxes, frames, dresser sets, flatware [illustrations identify pieces available in several patterns - useful if you have no idea what a lettuce fork looks like] , souvenir spoons, tea strainers, stag handled carving sets, match cases, Gem cigar lighters, card cases, thimbles, mesh bags, cigarette and vanity cases, etc, Rich American Cut Glass, French Ivory dresser sets, Greishaber and Conklin fountain pens, jewelry (14k,10k, platinum and rolled gold) including brooches, bar pins, necklaces, rings, bracelets, stickpins, fraternal insignia, cufflinks, etc, index, with original prices.
Condition: only Fair condition with unsightly cover stains, fraying and wear at spine edges, shaken, front hinge broken but tentatively held in place by front endpaper, writing in ink on fep, blank page opposite title page and on order blank at rear, mild cigarette aroma, some buckling of lower half of pages from exposure to moisture. There is otherwise only minor interior soil with page after page of great illustrations. Contents are complete, legible and still quite useful for reference.