Embroidery Patterns circa 1820

Embroidery Patterns circa 1820
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[ANON] Manuscript album of embroidery patterns [ probably “Whitework”], with paper watermarked for 1820 and 1821. Pp 87 used, with multiple patterns to most pages in brown, black or pink ink, with further unused blanks. Bound in half red morocco with marbled paper covered boards, gilt patterning to spine. The thin almost tissue-like pages are interleaved with  a faded purple blotting paper, several leaves of which have patterns fixed to them. All edges are uncut. There is an ownership/ collection blind stamp of John M Blundell to the front free endpaper.The binding is firm, although the boards are slightly weakened at the spine edges externally. Internally, the pages are crisp and clean with a little toning.

There are several captions throughout the book usually giving the source for the patterns;”Honiton” ; “Honiton sprigs” ; “ point”; “ coloured work”; “ Brussels veil”; “ Honiton edge”; [etc]. The patterns are lively and varied, and include central motifs, borders, and sprays, in the majority floral in design. A delightful piece of design work, now 200 years old.

£975.00


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