Sunday, January 23, 2011

Guardians Of The Teeth,Guardians Of The Eyes

This 18th century Chippendale item has puzzled me for many years.I have my doubts about it being a bookplate and am more inclined to think it is a textile label. Any input from you would be appreciated.
Here is a link to an excellent site by Adrian Wilson about fabric labels and the joy of collecting:

A response to my inquiry from Adrian Wilson

Dear Lew,I think you are right about it not being a book label.The key thing is the space where it has the "No." icon. That would be a space where a fabric pattern number would be, but mostly there would be another space where the fabric length would go.The label certainly has a wealth of cotton references but the references are all of cotton and thread, rather than fabric. There is a small cotton bale or thread packet, plus all the things for spinning cotton into yarn. There is a stylised shuttle but no other reference to weaving.So my guess would be an early yarn merchant label. The number space was probably to reference the colour or type of yarn. A big trade early on in the textile manufacturing sector was the merchant who would buy and sell yarn to spinners and weavers who worked alone in their homes. Maybe this was the label for one of those merchants.

Click on images to Enlarge.The bookplates designed by William Edgar Fisher (1872-1956) were not cookie cutter copies of one another.His style changed with the times. .This Gothic inspired design is one of my favorites. The proof was obtained from his son in the 1970's along with other proofs which I am selling for a fellow collector.The outside dimensions of most of the proofs are 8 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches high and in general they are in the $25.00 to $45.00 price range .I will be listing them on Ebay. Send me an Email if you would like to be notified.

Dr. M.C. Ennema lived in the Netherlands and his bookplate was designed by Anton Pieck

Dr. Snyder was a professor of Histology And Embryology at Hahnemann Medical College

Not much more to write about so please visit again next Sunday.

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