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Cable Chain Border

English, circa 1760

This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by Historic New England.


This versatile historic border has been found in installations on both sides of the Atlantic. A flocked version, in crimson flock on a crimson ground, was used between 1764-1766 in the New Harvard Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts to edge a large scale damask of the same colorway. In the last quarter of the 18th century, it was printed in black on yellow ochre and hung in Uppark House, West Sussex, England. A third example is the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Cable Chain Border works equally well with rich flocked papers, polychrome chintzes or simple patterns, such as Adelphi’s Hamilton Urns. It is also highly appropriate choice to supplement plain papers.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 1 ½ inches, , width 1 ⅜ inches.

Metric Measurements: 3.8 cm, 3.1 cm.



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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