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Selling Silks: A Merchant's Sample Book 1764


Lesley Ellis Miller

Eye candy for the designer or historian interested in reproducing clothing of 18th century high fashion!

At the end of the 7 Years War, the French were trying to smuggle silks into English ports. In 1764 customs officials confiscate a large swatch book of gorgeous flowered silks. This book was then used by English weavers as inspiration for producing English silks. The book remained in the hands of British textile manufacturers up to 1972 when the Victoria and Albert Museum acquired it along with other 18th and 19th century textiles and books.

Selling Silks reproduces the entire swatch book in full size and brilliant color. Before this, it attempts to place the swatch book in perspective with four chapters centered around the book. One chapter discusses the French designers who created the designs of the original silks. Another chapter illustrates surviving garments and compares the silks to samples in the swatch book to show how closely the samples were remade although never exactly.

9 1/4" x 12 1/2", 271 pages
ISBN number 9 781851 777815

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