Tex­tile arte­facts go on sale

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A SET of Vic­to­rian tex­tile sam­ple books from a Mac­cles­field mill are ex­pected to fetch up to £8,000 at auc­tion.

The 130-year-old books were cre­ated for Sut­ton Mills, bought by J & F Jack­son Silk Man­u­fac­tur­ers, to show off the range of sam­ples and weav­ing tech­niques avail­able. Each of the leather bound books, which date back to 1885, in­clude hand drawn de­sign sketches and dis­play all types of weav­ing tech­niques and de­sign pro­cesses, as well as the fab­rics used, with in­for­ma­tion on weavers, pat­tern and de­sign num­bers. They also in­clude sam­ples for silk scarfs and muf­flers, in­clud­ing the 1897 Vic­to­rian Di­a­mond Ju­bilee.

An­gus Ash­worth, the owner of Ryedale Auc­tion­eers in North York­shire, which is auc­tion­ing the books, said it is a ‘su­perb’ col­lec­tion which he ex­pects to sell for be­tween £5,000 - £8,000. He said: “These items have been brought into us by a ven­dor who now re­sides in France and af­ter mov­ing these ex­tremely large and heavy books around with him through sev­eral moves, has fi­nally de­cided to let them go.

“They have come through his fam­ily so as far as we know they have not been seen be­fore.”

The books in­clude sam­ples and il­lus­tra­tions for buy­ers

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