A paper trail
THE National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire is engaged in a project to restore the parlour of the 1763 Moffatt-ladd House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to its 18th-century appearance. Paint research has determined the original dark-stone colour of the woodwork and a 1912 letter records a family memory that the walls were papered with ‘heavy velvet [flock] paper with red lines’.
No traces of wallpaper have been found on the walls of the room itself, but removal of later shelf supports in an adjoining closet revealed an unexpected surprise—a fragment of an 18th-century wallpaper that matched the written description. The paper was made in England, so we are hoping one of your readers recognises the distinctive background pattern and leads us to a larger example that can be reproduced. Please email moffattladd @gmail.com if you can help. Richard C. Nylander, New Hampshire, USA