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Publication Notes Tyler-Chapman Mantels

By Sandy Hart

Sandy Hart has provided information on a book of Mantels that were crafted by Samuel and William Chapman along with C.M. Tyler.  She can provide these pictures by e-mailing her at sandyhart at msn dot com.

This is a book of Sepia photos on a linen like paper and bound together.  The mantels are labeled with LETTERS from A to X.  The ORNATE photo does not have a number or letter reference.  The back of each page has a RED Tyler-Chapman stamp on it.
If you want the LARGE files, I will need to send them one-by-one.
Samuel Chapman and William Chapman are brothers.
I do have other furniture that Samuel Chapman made.  I also have his original tools and trim, legs, etc. that were used on mantels and other furniture.
The furniture was used by this Boston furniture manufacture Samuel Chapman(b.1860 England - d. 1928) in Wollaston in his family's house at 21 Willow Street in Wollaston, MA.  Several pieces were made by Samuel Chapman, probably in his workshop behind the house next to the garage.
After emigrating from England to the United States in1865, Chapman apprenticed with John M. Woods, a Boston Cabinetmaker and wood dealer (working ca. 1869 - at least 1880).  By 1875, Chapman had begun making interior architectural ornamentation for houses and churches in the Boston area.  In 1895, Chapman worked for New York City architect Oscar A. Norman in designing interiors for Norman's wealthy clients.  Chapman also made reproduction furniture for Cooper Williams, a Boston firm, and was employed by C.A. Wellington & Co,, an interior design firm in Boston.
At the turn of the century, Chapman joined C.M. Tyler to form Tyler-Chapman Co.  Prior to World War I, Chapman built and installed the first wood passenger elevator in New York City and made other elevator cabs for buildings in Philadelphia and Boston (Otis Elevator).  Throughout the early part of the twentieth century, he worked with his brother William Chapman (b. 1879 England - d. 1929 Wollaston), an architect who designed various additions to the State House in Boston.

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