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