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.
|Title||Prize Winning Wood Carvers|
|Creator||O. 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 Photo||Grand 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
|Institution||Grand Rapids Public Library|
|Physical Storage Location||Grand Rapids, MI|