A pa­per trail

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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