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Salesman Sample of Tin for a Furniture Graining machine.
Robert A. Adams of Grand Rapids invented and received the patent for his graining machine in 1880. He indicates "by this method all the fine lines and fibers of the natural wood can be transferred to cheap wood, dispensing with the tedious and expensive process of veneering" which must have been of interest to the Widdicomb family. Two of the Widdicomb brothers went into business with Mr. Adams, possibly as investors? At any rate, John and Harry are listed as officers in the short-lived company on the sample here.
The Adams company (or rather division or subsidiary?) was located at 62 West Bridge Street. Adams Graining and Decorating was absolved in 1900, so it would appear the machine founded to utilize the technique was either absorbed into Widdicomb, or abandoned.
Note the brass "card" above was "Grained and Decorated By Our Process" and you can see it ranges from fancy to primitive. The sheet is two-sided and gives a good example of the techniques available. It measures 4" x 6" or so, about the size of a cabinet card photograph, which is what I assumed it was until I picked it up. The Brass or Tin is no thicker than a tintype photograph.
Adams Graining & Decorating Company Metal Salesman Sample circa 1880 Collection Jim Linderman Dull Tool Dim Bulb