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Plymouth Stripe & Vine

The original document of the Plymouth Stripe and Vine is in the collection of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. The paper was found in the Jackson House on Leyden Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which was built in 1734 by Reverend Nathaniel Leonard, purchased from the Leonard heirs in 1766 by Barnabus Hedge, and subsequently purchased by … Continued

Otis Federal Stripe

Vine and stripe patterns gained wide spread popularity during this time period. This elegant example was found in the first Harrison Gray Otis House in Boston, now the headquarters of the Historic New England. Built by a young lawyer in the mid -1790s, the house was decorated with many small-figured English wallpapers, which were fashionable … Continued

Ornament and Stripe

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

Moses Grant Stripe

This bold stripe was found in the parlors of houses in Strawbery Banke and West Kennebunk, Maine. It was printed by Moses Grant Jr., who is documented as working in Boston from 1811-1817. It is typical of the strongly abstract, geometric “Harlequin” patterns popularized by the French in 1800. Americans printed many of these harlequin … Continued

Laurel Harlequin

This lovely geometric pattern was printed by Moses Grant Jr. and was found in the 2nd Harrison Gray Otis House, designed by Charles Bulfinch and built on Beacon Hill about 1800. The Otis’s moved from this house about 1806 and the paper was probably installed by Mrs. George Gibbs, a wealthy Newport widow, shortly after … Continued

King Caesar Stripe

This wallpaper was used in the parlor of the King Caesar House in Duxbury, Massachusetts. It is a copy of an original French paper, although the pattern is reversed, as was typical when patterns were traced and copied. (The original French version is installed at Gore Place in Waltham, MA.) Fortunately, the American version was … Continued

Hedge House Stripe

This charming stripe pattern was discovered in a small closet of the historic 1809 Hedge House in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The ell in which it was found includes several chambers known to have been modernized in the 1860s to included plumbing and gas lighting. When the Plymouth Antiquarian Society decided to restore two adjoining rooms to … Continued

Franklin Stripe

Both the Franklin Stripe pattern and the Franklin Frieze, shown with the historic colorway, above, as well as the Franklin Border are from the historic Meeting of the Waters house in Franklin, Tennessee. Built by Thomas Hardin Perkins in 1810, near the confluence of the Harpeth and West Harpeth Rivers, this fine Federal style house … Continued

Concord Stripe and Vine

This striped flowering vine pattern was quite popular at the turn of the 19th century. It exists in at least two virtually identical versions, and has been found throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Adelphi’s pattern is from an example in the collections of Historic New England. It is from the Wheeler House in Concord, where it was … Continued

Boston Floral Stripe

Found lining an early box from New Hampshire, this pattern was printed with a very small block measuring approximately 10″ x 10.” This indicates a very early date and American origin, most likely from Boston. Adelphi offers it in its original colorway of white printed on a deep Prussian blue ground. Narrow stripe patterns such … Continued