A Sample Book of Fashion Fabrics dating from Winter 1897

A Sample Book of Fashion Fabrics dating from Winter 1897
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A Sample Book of Fashion Fabrics dating from Winter 1897A Sample Book of Fashion Fabrics dating from Winter 1897A Sample Book of Fashion Fabrics dating from Winter 1897A Sample Book of Fashion Fabrics dating from Winter 1897A Sample Book of Fashion Fabrics dating from Winter 1897
Price :  £575.00



[France/Belgium]. Hiver 1897 [Winter 1897]. Black cloth notebook containing 167 fabric samples, each measuring approximately 45 x 75 mm. Each sample is glued in and is accompanied by ink notations including a stock number. 175 x 115mm (7 x 4"). 0.2kg. . French. Very good; some general wear to covers with some splitting along outer hinge; pages well-thumbed but with samples in a very well-preserved state; residue of glue where samples have been removed; some offsetting caused by some fabrics.

A fascinating handmade notebook filled with samples of fashion fabrics. The book is inscribed 'Hiver 1897' and is likely to have been a working document for a fabric salesman or a dressmaker working for a fashion house. Each fabric is accompanied by a stock number, some initials which may denote the fabric manufacturer, and a red number which may indicate the cost of the fabric (sometimes there are alternate numbers for 'Coul' [Colour] and 'Noir' [Black]). The fabrics are remarkably vibrant with a range of geometric, floral and monotone patterns. Materials include satin, silk, organza and chiffon. The notebook is a rare survival and an invaluable resource for designers and collectors.