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Berrien House Sprig


This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by Andrew Berrien Jones - John Berrien House, Savannah, GA.


Simple sprig patterns were a mainstay of English, French and American paperhanging manufacturers for many years. The fragments for this particular sprig pattern were the earliest in a “sandwich” of at least 12 sidewall patterns found at the Berrien House in Savannah, Georgia. Whether it is English, French or American is difficult to determine.

The popularity of sprig patterns with the public was no doubt due to their versatility, airy calm and affordability.

They were attractive for printers as well: rather than requiring blocks that printed the entire width of the paper, the blocks need only print half the width, first the left side and then the right. Of course, this resulted in registration marks appearing in the middle of the pattern but often these dots were integrated into the design. And the small amount of surface area being printed meant only a modest amount of pressure was required by the press operator.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 4 ⅛ inches, width 22 inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 10.2 cm, 55.9 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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