Rare Antique PREMIUM LIST and Ladies Guide for Embroidery Magazine / Catalog By The Winston Silk Co. Chicago 1910 Very Good Condition.
This is a true gem of a find for antique embroidery and needlework ephemera. The bottom of the cover reads “Illustrations of Potter’s beautiful designs in stamped linens and cushions.” Just above that it reads “Hints on Embroidery.” Though there are a few hints on embroidery this is more of a catalog for Potter’s high quality imported art linens stamped with Potter’s premium designs. Next to each illustration of the motifs they offered, that you may order from this catalog, also includes how many skeins of Potter’s braided wash silk floss in either Filo or Parisian that you will need to complete the design. It also recommends what colors. On the inside of the front cover is an ad for the “HOME CRITERION.” The paragraph below this starts by telling us “A magazine devoted to modern fancy work, needle work and home decoration, crochet, knitting, etc. This is the Standard Authority with art needleworkers throughout the country.” The bottom of this page is the order form and your ¢.25 may be paid by “P.O. Money Order, Express Order or Stamps.” There is also a fun bit in here about how you may start your own chapter of Potter’s Embroidery Club and the rules to running one. On the bottom of the back cover this is marked “20m 2-21-10 R”, I am guessing this is the publication date.
As for the condition, I consider this to be Very Good for a piece like this of this age. The book is nice and flat, no curling. The corner and edge wear is very minimal. There are no dog eared pages and no marks anywhere. There is some foxing on the cover and inside but only a few pages. This can be seen in all but picture #4. There is some nice yellowing to the paper though this type of paper started out with a bit of a tan hue. All the printing in the book is in a deep beautiful blue. The cover is still firmly attached. Nothing is cut or torn out and it still has all 29 of it’s pages. There is a ⅜” tear on the bottom of the spine and a ¾” tear on the back cover. There are no tears to the interior pages. It really is an amazing bit of ephemera that has been well kept. Please see all photos for further details.
It measures 6.75” tall by 5” wide
Things to keep in mind about this booklet are that this is from a period in history before you could buy hot iron transfers. If you wanted these patterns you had to order them through the mail, already stamped on a cut piece of fabric of a predetermined shape. Also this craft was taken very seriously as a respectable way for a woman of the day to bring money into the home.
For a serious collector nothing beats the feel and scent of old paper and holding a book of this age in your hands. Yes images of these books are public domain and there are many sites where you could easily download a PDF file. However I found no pdf’s of this one anywhere and no copies for sale online, making this one a little extra special. It would be a wonderful gift for anyone who enjoys antique ephemera, antique sewing / needlework / fancy work, or anyone who collects bits from turn of the century Chicago.
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