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Coffered Squares

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

Circle Ornament

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

Chevron and Laurel

This pattern was discovered hanging in the broad entry hall of a Greek Revival farmhouse in Schuylerville, New York. Of French origin, the pattern dates from about 1825. Unlike the other patterns found in the same house (Adelphi’s Grapevine Frieze and Greek Key Border), it was not stamped with a maker’s mark, although it is … Continued

Bees and Stars

The Bees and Stars paper was found on an early American bandbox, although the bees and the original colors were almost indiscernible from wear, except in small protected areas under the rim of the lid. It is a fine example of a harlequin pattern, with its inverse relationship of black and white, which creates a bold geometric framework ornamented with bees and six … Continued

Adena Pin Ring

This small figured pattern was installed in the library of Thomas Worthington’s house, Adena, in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1808. The paper was purchased by Worthington’s brother-in-law from Thomas & Caldcleugh, a Baltimore stationer and paperhanging manufacturer. We know from advertisements in Baltimore newspapers that Thomas and Caldcleugh purchased much of their stock from Thomas Hurley’s … Continued