This exuberant paper was discovered covering a
wooden bandbox made by Hannah Davis, who worked in Jaffrey, New
Hampshire between 1825 and 1855. Well known for her carefully made hat
and bandboxes, Davis is also credited with designing a machine to cut
thin sheets of wood for the sides of her boxes.
The Pinapples pattern probably dates from the late
1830s to the mid-1840s. It relates closely to a number of patterns
found in upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, including
Adelphi's Ada Harris and Middlefield Sprig patterns, all of which have
a similar spray of leaves on stems in the background and pointed
lozenge shapes. Pineapples was also printed with a bright green
varnish, which was also very popular in the 1840s.
Repeat 18½ inches
Width 18¼ inches
The historic colorway image above shows two widths of the
pattern installed. Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.