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Adena Pin Ring

French (Paris), circa 1799

This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by the Ohio Historical Society.


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 manufactory in Philadelphia.

This pattern’s simple geometry was described by Mr. Thomas as a “late fashionable piece” which was “plain and neat.” Neat was defined at that time as “characterized by elegance of form or arrangement, with freedom from all unnecessary additions or embellishments; of agreeable but simple appearance; nicely made or proportioned.”

This was probably the “common paper” listed in an 1808 invoice in Adena’s records; if so we know it was fairly inexpensive. Another example of this pattern resides in the Winterthur library as a cover for the Abraham Rex 1806 daybook.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 7 inches, width 21 inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 17.8 cm, 53.3 cm, 10 m.


Border Pairing

Rose and Sprig Border

American (Boston), circa 1795-1810


Samples are available for all Adelphi Paper Hangings patterns. Standard pattern samples are 12 inches by 23 inches and are available for $15. for each pattern. Small samples, business envelope size, are available on request, at no charge (limited to 10 per customer).

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Pattern Reproduction

Color choices for our patterns are not limited to those shown.

All Adelphi patterns can be custom colored to better acknowledge the paper's context. Additional lead time is required for all custom work.

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