A manuscript album of embroidery patterns.
Circa 1820’s. A manuscript album of embroidery patterns drawn in brown, black, or pink ink, undated but watermarked 1820 & 21, so circa early 1820’s. 87 pages have been used, with further unused blanks. The tissue-like pages are interleaved with a purple blotting paper, several leaves of which have pattern designs affixed to them. Bound in red morocco over marbled paper -covered boards. All edges are uncut. There is a ownership/collection blind stamp of John M. Blundell to the front free endpaper. The binding is firm, the pages crisp and clean with only slight toning. There are several captions throughout the book, usually giving the source for the pattern designs: ‘Honiton,’ ‘Honiton sprigs,’ ‘point,’ ‘coloured work,’ ‘Brussels veil,’ ‘Honiton edge, etc. The patterns are lively and varied, and include central motifs, borders, sprays, the majority featuring floral designs. A delightful and highly unusual pattern book now nearly 200 years old.