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Gimp Border or Frieze

English, 1807

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


The format of this trim for the Net sidewall pattern is unusual. Customarily borders or friezes were designed to be used as either one or the other. Borders were printed with a block on which, depending on the width, 3 to 8 (or more) rows of the pattern were carved, all oriented in the same direction. In this case, the original printing blocks had only two rows of the pattern, flipped to create a mirror image with a wide space between the two, which allows it to be used full-width as a frieze. If used as a border, the rows would be trimmed just at the edge of the gimp.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 7 ¼ inches, border, width 3 ¼, frieze , width 10 ⅛.

Metric Measurements: 18.4 cm, 8.3 cm, 25.7 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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