Manuscript account book kept by Newark carpenter and cabinetmaker Aaron Ogden, recording sales and work on furniture, but also his personal accounts as well as keeping track of the accounting for laborers.

[Newark, NJ]: 1804-1822.

Price: $2,250.00

About the item

Approx. 165pp. Small 4to. Contemporary calf-backed marbled paper boards, worn. Inscribed in ink on the upper cover "Aaron Ogden's Book" and similarly inscribed on the rear pastedown.

Item #346865

The initial entries from the summer of 1804 are largely recording his costs of boarding, followed by an accounting cabinet making done for Caleb Bruen, a cabinetmaker and distiller in Newark. This included the building of picture frames, trunk boxes, a portable desk, a bedstead, dining table, etc. The proceeding pages include accountings of items made for various people with costs, including a long list of items for Elihu Britten. The notations which follow are largely a detailed record of personal accounts for food and sundries, but occasionally noting items made (including coffins) or repaired. Of interest are a number of entries concerning term laborers, who evidently contract with him for a year's labor in exchange for a lump sum, from which he deducts their expenses which he records in detail, and keeping track of their "black time."

The ledger has been microfilmed by the Winterthur Museum and Library (Mic. 848), and their finding aid provides a detailed record of names and furniture related references: