Albert Sechrist Mfg, Denver
(Left) Studio bust portrait of Albert Sechrist, a senior at Denver High School in Denver, Colorado. He wears his bangs brushed up and back. Sechrist has a pinstriped suit and a cravat with a tie stud.© Copyright Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, All rights Reserved
Based on some of the images in Albert Revi's book, American Art Nouveau Glass (Nelson), I think it's reasonable to assume that many of today's unattributed shades could have come from this maker. Lacking access to the 3 catalogs that Revi mentions in the book, I thought I would simply make a page where new discoveries about the firm could be posted, more of a placeholder. This was spurred on by a terrifc color postcard that aquired showing the firm's new showroom. After spending a few hours online, I found a few other images that are worth sharing.
Many thanks to the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection for permission to show these images.
Manufacturing in Denver
A nice image from a glass plate negative of the Sechrist showrooms at the corner of 17th and Tremont Streets. c.1907 - 1911.
View of the Albert Sechrist Manufacturing Company factory at 17th (Seventeenth) and Logan Streets in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. The three-story brick building has an arched entryway and signs that read: "Factory Albert Sechrist Mfg. Co."
Albert Revi's catalog Pages
This series of Pond Lily designs, borrow heavily from those of the Handel Company who patented the design in 1902. Since 1902, other makers in addition to Sechrist have immitated this line and caused confusion in the market place as to the true identity of the maker might be.
For example, the Handel Pond lilies have a solid bronze base with embossed Handel name. Sechrist and some others instead carry a 4 digit number. Sockets too tend to be different. Handels are normally found with those by Hubbel.© Copyright 1968 Thomas Nelson Inc. publishers, All rights Reserved
Once again, some similarities with lamps made by Handel. Several of these figural bases have also appeared recently. Most were produced by a variety of foundries and no doubt used by a host of lamp makers of the period including Sechrist.© Copyright 1968 Thomas Nelson Inc. publishers, All rights Reserved