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Albert Wuesthoff
(1856->1890)

An Albert Wuesthoff (son of Albert Wuesthof and Julia Thiel) married Matilda Sturz in Manhattan on March 22, 1874. The label for "A. Wuesthoff, New York" probably refers to this Albert Wuesthoff (or Wüsthoff -- "ue" is the standard Americanization of the German "ü"). Albert Wuesthoff, born February 1856 in Germany, became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in New York on September 11, 1888. There is no A. Wuesthoff, Wuesthof, Wusthoff or Wusthof anywhere in the New York census from 1870 to 1930, however, an Albert Wuesthoff, cutler (dealer in cutlery) is listed in the 1890 New York City Directory as living at 111 and 115 Canal Street. The connection with cutlery is interesting, as it suggests that Albert may have had a family relationship with the famous Wüsthof cutlery company which is still in business today. The fact that his label indicates he specialized in "Metallic Ores" might also tie in with the cutlery business.

The label pictured here is rich in historical information. It appears clear that the specimen was sold to the prominent Tiffany's gem and mineral expert George F. Kunz (1856-1932) at some point. Kunz often assembled whole collections of minerals for special clients, and had a habit of rubber-stamping pre-existing labels with his own name in order to save the trouble of havng to write new labels. It also appears that the specimen was sold to another private collector or dealer named "C. Drake" at 115 Chambers Street in New York. C. Drake has not yet been positively identified, but it is probably more than coincidence that 115 Chambers Street was also the address of The Old Curiosity Shop (q.v.), an antiques dealership with a specialty in mineral specimens.

References:
New York City Marriages, 1600's to 1800's
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The Mineralogical Record - Albert Wuesthoff 55 x 87 mm,
Wuesthoff label indicating sale of the specimen to C. Drake and also to George F. Kunz
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