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Salesman's Sample Book (England), 1784

This is a Salesman's sample book. It is dated 1784 and we acquired it in 1950. Its medium is marbleized paper, cardboard, cotton, linen and its technique is plain weave, twill weaves, float weaves (damask), supplementary weft pile (velveteen); 108 examples are block-printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This object was purchased from Charles Grand and catalogued by Gillian Moss. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Samuel W. Bridgham.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (closed): 24.8 x 16.5 cm (9 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.) H x W x D (open): 24.8 x 259.1 cm (9 3/4 in. x 8 ft. 6 in.) H x W x D (each swatch): 2.5 x 4.1 cm (1 x 1 5/8 in.) 18 pages

It is inscribed

Ex HB or FB N5 (?) & Co 18 Mrch 1784

Cite this object as

Salesman's Sample Book (England), 1784; marbleized paper, cardboard, cotton, linen; H x W x D (closed): 24.8 x 16.5 cm (9 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.) H x W x D (open): 24.8 x 259.1 cm (9 3/4 in. x 8 ft. 6 in.) H x W x D (each swatch): 2.5 x 4.1 cm (1 x 1 5/8 in.) 18 pages; Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Samuel W. Bridgham; 1950-91-1

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