H. A. WEYMANN & Son – CATALOGS

There are four H.A. Weymann and Son instrument catalogs that I know of still existing that feature guitars:

Weymann Instrument Catalogs, from left; c.1890 (retail), 1924, c.1928, c.1931
Weymann Instrument Catalogs, from left; c.1890 (retail), 1924, c.1928, c.1931

There is also a c.1930 Banjo catalog which only contains banjos.

1. WEYMANN  – Early 1890’s Retail Catalog.  Additional Information added 21 Sept 17: This catalog has been dated from 1896-1899 by a reader, see his comment on this post below.

Only four pages in total, this retail catalog shows  that Weymann was making guitars at this early date under their own “Weymann’s Highest Grade” and “W and S Keystone State” labels.

Some people date this catalog to 1889 but I think it is more likely a few years later than that (thus the early 1890’s).

2. WEYMANN  – 1924 Catalog No. 55

There’s a good 30 years of missing catalogs before we come to this one numbered No. 55.  If anyone can help locate any please let me know (email contact on the Links page).  I don’t believe the catalog numbers mean much,  catalog No.50 comes after this No.55 at c.1931 (see below).

I’ve only shown the guitars that are listed in this catalog (6 pages), and the other catalogs below. (If people would like more information on these catalogs I have featured please let me know.  I can supply complete digital copies of some of them and let you know where to obtain copies of others).

3. WEYMANN  – c.1928 Catalog No. 59

Once again I’ve only shown the guitar pages in this catalog, i.e. four pages.

I believe all the guitars listed in this catalog and the one above are made by the Weymann factory and if there are any prices listed they are retail prices.  From what I can gather stores were offered 20% off these prices to give them a profit when reselling.

Weymann guitars were expensive guitars at the time, being comparable with C.F. Martin and Son’s instruments.

4. WEYMANN  – c.1931 Catalog No. 50.

I am sure only four of the pages in this catalog are actually made by Weymanns.  They are the guitars labelled ‘Weymann’ on the first three pages after the cover and the Weymann Tenor guitars on page 8 after the cover (page 73 in the catalog).

The majority, if not all, of the guitars on the other pages are most likely made by the Harmony Company from Chicago. I recognize a good many of the models as theirs with their distinctive headstock shape. Notice the price of these ‘jobbed’ instruments are significantly cheaper than the Weymann made ones.

In the early 1930’s, after the mainstay of the company, H.W. Weymann died,  The company started buying in more and more guitars to resell.  By 1935 the company seems to have ceased production but still maintained the popular store for decades more.

4. WEYMANN  – c.1930 Banjo Catalog No. 61.

Weymann c.1930 Banjo Catalog
Weymann c.1930 Banjo Catalog

The only other H. A. Weymann and Son catalog I know of is this c.1930 Banjo catalog No. 61.

You can find a pdf copy of this banjo catalog here:
http://crystalforestmandolins.com/Weymann1920Catalog.pdf
Or if you search google you can find reprints.

If anyone has any information of any other H. A. Weymann and Son catalogs I’d be much appreciated if you would contact me on the email address listed on the Links page.

Many thanks and Namaste
Charles

2 thoughts on “H. A. WEYMANN & Son – CATALOGS

  1. Hello! Nice site! I am researching Weymann as part of my upcoming presentation on Tenor Banjos for the annual Banjo Gathering and stumbled on your site. Very helpful! I have been doing a lot of mining of The Music Trade Review and have turned up a lot of important data. The early Weymann catalog you have cannot be from 1889. In 1869 H.A. Weymann was selling cutlery at 156 N. 2nd. The first appearance in directories of selling musical instruments there is 1875 (could have been earlier). Harry W. is on board by 1884. They added 45 N. 9th Street address in 1894. 43 N. 9th appears in 1886. NO mention of the 1314 Chestnut street address except in this catalog. In 1899 H.A. Weymann relocates to 1022 Market Street. Thus, possible catalog dates are 1896-1899 and triangulating between addresses and documented moves makes this most likely 1898, possibly a year or two earlier. My guess is they were growing and the Chestnut address was added temporarily till they secured the Market St. site. Similar things occurred many times during their existence. There is evidence that they held onto the 156 N. 2nd site at least until the 1930s. BTW last Friday my wife and I visited their new 1924 factory at W. Columbia & Hancock, which is still there and occupied by a vodka distillery. Good vodka, infused with electrolytes so you don’t get dehydrated while you drink! The owners were tickled pink to learn they were in a banjo/guitar factory! Many of the Weymann’s private addresses still exist. I’ll be looking them up soon.

    1. Great information Michael! Thanks for sharing. I have a lot of that information but not all that I haven’t yet posted. I knew the early retail catalog had to be before 1898-99 because they list Martin guitars in that catalog that they must have acquired from the sole Martin distributor C.A Zoebisch & Sons. That distributorship finished in 1898 from memory. But I thought it would have been about 1890. I didn’t expect it to be as late as 1896. This also adds weight that the start of their wholesale most likely commenced about 1900 or a few years prior. I have your email address and will send you some more information you might find interesting.

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