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A. Schaffer to Pratt, Nov. 19, 1935

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 1, Item: SC07.01.1.003
Identifier: SC07.01.1.003
A. Schaffer to Pratt
A. Schaffer to Pratt

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Transcription: Telephone Circle 7-0747 Cable Address "Russianart"

[double-headed eagle emblem]

Russian Imperial Treasures, Inc. 36 West 50th Street Rockefeller Center New York November 19, 1935

Mrs. John L. Pratt "Chatham" Box 118 Fredericksburg, Virginia

My dear Mrs. Pratt,

I am most disappointed to hear that the cabinet is not the size that you should have. It is a pity that all your lovely objects could not be displayed without being crowded.

I will try my very best to get another cabinet for you, the size you want, and exchange it for the one you have now. Of course I cannot tell just how soon I could get one, but in the meantime you can use the one you have.

Or maybe you could find room for another cabinet which would give you a chance to display all of your lovely things without crowding them, regardless of their size. This would really be the best solution.

I am sorry you had to be annoyed paying

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the freight for the cabinet. I gave specific instructions to send it prepaid. I have also spoken to them about packing, and I am only glad that at least it arrived safely. It is so hard to make people understand sometimes, or have them do what you want them to do.

With best wishes and kindest regards, in which Mrs. Schaffer joins me, I am

Yours most sincerely, Alexander S. Schaffer [signed]



  • Creation: Nov. 19, 1935


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2 pages

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.

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Schaffer Collection, Russian Imperial Treasures, Rockefeller Center

Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States