A massive tome, weighing over 20 lbs, this large and decorative leather-bound ledger is from the late 1800’s. Both covers are comprised of sewn leather (utilizing burgundy and dark brown hues), arranged in rectilinear patterns. Prominent ridges can be seen along the spine, separating decorated sections that alternate burgundy and green. Each of the recessed panels is adorned with horizontal gold borders: the outer edges feature two gold lines, while the more medial décor is a repeating line of S curves. The middle of each section is further adorned with information pertaining to the creation of the book, such as the phrases “JOURNAL”, “U.L. & T. Co.”, and “Culver, Page, Hoyne & Co Chicago”.
Culver, Page, Hoyne & Co was a bookbinding and stationary company formed in 1855 by Howard Culver and Daniel Page. A few months later, Michael Hoyne became a partner, and the company eventually became one of the largest stationary houses in the United States. The company went out of business in 1883, shortly after this ledger was made.
The inside cover is lined with a multi-colored paper featuring cascading drapery. A similar pattern, although less colorful can be seen on the edges of the paper. The front lining also has a paper decal with instructions for preventing warp and for reordering, including the product number “45300”.
Examination of the ledger shows that the first recorded entry was from September 26, 1883. All the entries are hand-written in neat cursive, with the final entry being recorded on January 1, 1891. Accounting for this unknown business range from accounts receivable to the purchase of sundries, with hundreds of customers and vendors represented. Perhaps the most familiar name to be found is that of “McCormick Bros.”, which was a Chicago-based conglomerate that would eventually become International Harvester Company.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use, with minor buildup and losses/chapping to leather. Light buildup and creasing to paper.