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Hamilton Urns

American (Boston) 1787-90

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


Hamilton Urns is one of the earliest examples of American neo-classical wallpaper design. It is quite likely to be the pattern referred to as “Oval and Slack” in the estate inventory of John Welsh, Jr., a Boston paperstainer.

The pattern is documented in two very different colorways. The simpler of the two is white printed on a deep Prussian blue ground. A more complex version combines an ochre ground, the pattern printed in black with the blue stenciled ovals and white highlights under the rosettes and bows. Originally it was hung with a narrow border in the Jonathan Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine.

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

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


Border Pairing

Diana Border

American, 1785-1790


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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