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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison defining specifications and values for crystal plate, polished plate, and plate glass.


Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 October 30 James W. Allison Esqr. Dear Sir - On account of the question raised by you in reference to the glass for your house, we send you the following information— The term “polished crystal” means the best quality of glass polished down to 1/8" in thickness and for example take a sheet of glass 32"x 42" and that size can be bought in N.Y. in accordance with the following table— 32"x 42" 1/8" Crystal Plate $8.40 " x " 3/16" Polished " $6.40 " x " 1/4" Plate $4.50 This gives you the relative net prices, and and our opinion that “polished crystal” covers the first of the three mentioned, has been confirmed by the best authority. You might save something by changing from “polished crystal” to plate, and we might send you an estimate on the glass— if you like— We should recommend you to put in a 4'6" Duparquet range, special, which costs, net $72.20 F.O.B. N.Y. and John Bowers of Richmond can set it— The advantages of the "4'6" special" is, that it has a very large water back— Very truly yours, Griffin & Randall [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, October 30, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed G. & R. Octr. 30. 1894/Defining chrystal plate, polished plate and plate glass with relative values. Recommendations Duparquet special Range cost $72.20 f.o.b. N.Y.] [edited by TOC]

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Allison, James W., 1833-1898 -- Correspondence

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Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence

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Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architecture -- Details; Glass

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Richmond (Va.) -- Historic houses, etc.; Richmond (Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.


Richmond (Va)


letters (correspondence)

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This material is in the public domain in the United States and thus is free of any copyright restriction. Acknowledgement of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.


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Original letter: Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 October 30, James W. Allison papers, M 1, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Architecture | Historic Preservation and Conservation | United States History

Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 October 30



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