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Sample book

Sample book

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Binding: Green vellum stationery binding with three leather straps across spine with decorative lattice work made from strips of vellum. Single fold sewn in endpapers, two colour worked endbands. Woven wool, paper and leather bound

  • Museum number:

    T.350-1989

  • Gallery location:

    Temporary Exhibition, Room 40, case x6

Physical description

Bound sample book containing different types, qualities and colours of cassimere or kerseymere cloth. Three are 42 leaves consisting mainly of stiffened pages of samples interleaved with thinner pages of blotting-type paper.

39 pages contain samples: Page 2 has 63 samples; Page 5 has 135; Page 7 has 134; Page 9 has 127; Page 11 has 132; Page 13 has 122; Page 15 has 125; Page 17 has 126; Page 19 has 121; Page 21 has 115; Page 23 has 106; Page 25 has 117; Page 27 has 102; Page 29 for 135; Page 31 has 176; Page 33 has 172; Page 35 has 171; Page 37 has 164; Page 39 has 171; Page 40 has 85 and Page 42 has 102.

The samples are given stock numbers, which run in a sequence (except for the first and last pages) through all the recto pages and all the verso pages. Each page has capital letters next to various of the samples, possibly the initials of the weaver or client, and some have descriptions including kersey, second, sc.d fini, Tag (especially see p.11 verso).

The volume is bound in green leather reinforced at the spine with brown. Watermarks on the blank pages include 'J Whatman' and 'GR' with crown and Britannia.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1795 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Binding: Green vellum stationery binding with three leather straps across spine with decorative lattice work made from strips of vellum. Single fold sewn in endpapers, two colour worked endbands. Woven wool, paper and leather bound

Marks and inscriptions

'Cassimeres Sepr. 24th 1795'
Inscribed on the first page

'J Whatman' and 'GR' [with crown and Britannia.]
Watermarks on the blank pages

Dimensions

Length: 462 mm closed, Width: 333 mm closed, Depth: 130 mm closed, Weight: 3.68 kg, :, Height: 300 mm Dims when open at 45 degree angle, Width: 590 mm Dims when open at 45 degree angle, Depth: 460 mm Dims when open at 45 degree angle

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1989/1555.
The pattern book is associated with Joseph Dommett, clothier of Selwood, Frome, Somerset, whose descendants sent it for auction.

Descriptive line

Bound sample book containing different types of cassimere or kerseymere cloth, made in England, 1795.

Materials

Paper; Leather; Wool; Vellum; Material

Techniques

Bound; Twill weave

Categories

Textiles; Books; Leather

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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