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Grand Rapids in 1856

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Prize Winning Wood Carvers

Prize Winning Wood Carvers

O. W. Horton - 1876

F. Massett and F. Averbeck, furniture carvers in a local factory, won a prize at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial for the elaborate woodcarving shown in one-half of this stereo photograph. A round clock is embedded in the ornament at the top of the schulpture.


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TitlePrize Winning Wood Carvers
CreatorO. W. Horton

Title by Cataloger. Both Ferdinand Massett and Ferdinand Averbeck were in Grand Rapids little more than a year or two. Masset, from New York City, was a wood carver as early as 1860. By 1900 he was a designer and sculptor in Chicago. Averbeck, son of a carpenter, worked at Phoenix Furniture Co. as a wood carver but left for Connecticut where he worked as a carver, possibly in a clock factory. Widdicomb Furniture was also a prize winner at the Philadelphia Centennial and it helped promote their furniture and Grand Rapids as a furniture producing center.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, Michigan
Collection#76, Stereo Card Collection, History & Special Collections Dept.

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids , MI

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids, MI

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