Wednesday, April 8, 2020

N A Watkins



Photographer: N A Watkins
Rising Star, Texas

Not a word found anywhere on N. A. Watkins. If anyone has any leads let LOST GALLERY know in a comment.

At the right is an unidentified real photo post card with what seems to be an almost identical rattan chair. It's not. Compare the small scroll in the seat, just above the right leg. It's not the same.






photographer:N A Watkins
Rising Star, TX
example from RootsWeb


The next eight cards all seem to include the same prop chair


photographer:Watkins
Rising Star, TX
example from RootsWeb

photographer:Watkins
Rising Star, TX
example from RootsWeb

photographer:Watkins
Rising Star, TX
example from RootsWeb

photographer:Watkins
Rising Star, TX
example from RootsWeb


photographer:Watkins
Rising Star, TX
example from RootsWeb

photographer:N A Watkins
Rising Star, TX
example from RootsWeb

photographer:Watkins
Rising Star, TX
example from RootsWeb

This is a cropped and poorly scanned example but it is included here to show again the same chair.


photographer: Rising Star Gallery
Edgington and Cox
example from RootsWeb

The card at the left is probably not connected to N A Watkins at all. It appears to be by photographers Edgington and Cox but nothing has been found on either of them.

Discovery!
The photograph on the right is a loose photo that became detached from the card backing probably from being wet. The card is lost so the photographer was unknown up to now. Again, it's the same chair.


example from LOST GALLERY

All of the chairs in the above photographs have been compared in detail and appear to be the same chair.

That is not to say that it was the only chair of this design ever made. The chairs were probably made in Mexico or India a shipped everywhere. The design repeated and repeated so there were probably MANY chairs of this design used by photographers because they were lightweight and easy to move. But being laboriously hand made, there is unique element in each of them.

The following chair is the same design but not the same chair. Close up examination of the scrolls, especially the small ones, shows that this is a different chair, same design.

Comparing the scrolls in the right corner of the seat, just above he leg shows small differences.


photographer: Weikel
Mount Carmel, PA
example from auction site

Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

Some examples on this page have been enhanced or restored for clarity and presentation here.

This page is free for educational and research purposes only but, as always, if the original owner of any of these examples objects to the use on this page, they will be immediately removed.

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