Dyer's Record Book, 1820–39 Medium: paper, leather, cotton Technique: printed on plain weave. Museum purchase through gift of Jaques Séligmann. 1950-99-1.
What is this?
Record book of dye recipes kept by the textile printer Edmund Barnes that was started in Bury, England in the late 1820s. The printer brought the book with him to Dover, New Hampshire in 1829 when he began working for Dover Manufacturing Company, later known as Cocheco Print Works. Barnes continued to add to the notebook through the early 1830s.
The small book contains samples of printed cottons with handwritten dyestuff recipes, dyeing processes and finishing techniques. A small bill loose in back of book bears the name: William Barnes. Book bound in marble paper sides and leather back.
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product, Friday, November 09, 2007 - Wednesday, September 10, 2008