Belter, John Henry
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Winterthur, DE 19735
1.5 cubic ft.
John Henry Belter was a cabinetmaker who was known for developing the laminated, carved Rococo Revival style of the mid 1800s known as Belter furniture. Belter patented a construction technique for pressed work furniture, more specifically, a method of laminating rosewood used primarily for intricately carved parlor chair backs. The collection contains photoprints and photocopies of numerous manuscripts owned privately and by public institutions, an original inventory of Belter’s estate, and correspondence with the U.S. Patent Office.