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Blue Hill Stripe

French circa 1805-1810


Discovered in the parlor of an 1803 Federal house in Blue Hill, Maine this dramatic pattern is an excellent example of the melding of two motifs: one, a set of stripes and the other a dense, overall foliate. The concise interplay between these two components, plus the bold use of colors, strongly suggest a French origin.

The paper may have been installed by the original owner, Nathan Hartford, but it is perhaps more likely that the subsequent owner, Matthew Ray, hung it sometime after 1812.

In any event, the paper was covered during an 1840s renovation and not seen again until a re-wiring project in the late 1980s. It is particularly fortunate that the paper was used in conjunction with a border since it was from beneath this border that the undiminished colors of the historic colorway were discovered.

The reproduction of this pattern was commissioned by the Blue Hill Historical Society.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 9 ΒΌ inches, width 19 inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 23.5 cm , 48.3 cm, 10 m.


Border Pairing

Cowing House Border

Probably American, circa 1815-1820


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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