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Cone Vine

Very little is known about this rather fanciful pattern. A near pristine example was discovered lining the inside of a domed topped, faux-mahogany grained box. While drafting a pattern from the interior of a container was tricky, the colors were fairly true and easy to match, having not been exposed to light. Our sources have … Continued

Tussie-Mussie Trellis

Designed and printed with the ever popular format of light color mirroring dark on a medium ground – white and black on grey in this case – Tussie Mussie Trellis creates a striking sense of structural depth, primarily in the shadows of the honeycomb trellis. Fragments of this pattern were discovered in the hall of … Continued

Trumpet Vine

Employing botanically correct, highly rendered blossoms and foliage of the plant Campsis radicans, the basic structure of Trumpet Vine a simple diamond – is partially obscured. Two identical configurations of flowers and leaves alternate down the length of the pattern, switching between left and right orientations. A large, but incomplete fragment of the pattern is … Continued

Geranium Trellis

Chinese trellis designs seem to be the inspiration for this British pattern.  Although there was not a complete repeat of this pattern, which was discovered lining a trunk, there was sufficient information for a successful reconstruction. With its rambling vines, strict trellis structure and subtly shifting hexagonal lozenge shapes, this pattern illustrates a fine and … Continued

Ghost Blossom

Little is known about this fanciful vine pattern, aside from it being found in a cupboard in western North Carolina. The unexpectedly graphic depiction of transparency, plus the dramatic color choices (in the original) would be equally at home in designs of the early 20th century. This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by the Colonial … Continued

Old Manse Vine

The delicately undulating vine design which still lines a bedchamber closet at The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, was installed between 1790 and 1800. The house was built by Reverend William Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grandfather, and his wife Phoebe who chose this wallpaper for the upstairs bedchamber. Later, when writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia … Continued

West St. Mary’s

This wallpaper has been reproduced from worn fragments discovered in West St. Mary’s City, Maryland; the original document is part of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collection. The wallpaper designer borrowed heavily from textile motifs, as was often the case during this portion of the 18th century. Cross hatching inside s-scroll ribbons gives the appearance of … Continued

Norton Conyers Diamond

Norton Conyers is a mid-14th Century house in North Yorkshire, England with Tudor, Stuart and Georgian additions. The home has been owned and occupied by the Graham family continuously since 1624. In the midst of a major renovation several years ago, the current Grahams discovered sizable fragments of this large scale paper in the Head … Continued


Adelphi’s Janes & Bolles Collection is reproduced from the earliest known American wallpaper sample book, now in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village. It was produced by the firm of Janes & Bolles, which operated from 1822-1827 in Hartford, Connecticut. The sample book provides 22-inch square samples of each pattern, with alternate colorways for most … Continued

Elmwood Floral

The Elmwood Floral pattern is from the Cambridge, Massachusetts mansion of Thomas Oliver, built in 1767. It was the first of three layers found in the parlor behind a mid-19th century bookcase. Because of the absence of a tax stamp on the reverse of the original document, it is unlikely to have been an English … Continued