|Reference Number:-||Darby Number:-||Godden Number:-|
|sb 1844||437||not listed|
OF THE DISCOVERY
image of Columbus and his men
LANDING OF COLUMBUS
Portrait of Columbus
image of his ship
|Size of Silk:|
24.0 cm long by 7.0 cm wide
|Alternative back-ground colours:|
by Geoffrey Godden:
They are included here as IMAGE B is identical to the silk contained within the Stevens Presentation Album. This album contains the silks from the Stevens Samples book which survived the destruction of the Coventry factory in 1940, collated by Stevens descendants, and presented to the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry.
There is also recorded on this site a silk bookmark almost identical to IMAGE B. The only difference being that in the wording below the image of the men landing, " COLUMBUS " has the letter " L " missing in the alternative version (see sb 1845 on this site). It would seem that this alternative was perhaps an earlier version of the bookmark, and once the spelling error was discovered, it was re-issued as the more common version above.
Whilst IMAGE B might be of Stevens manufacture, the same cannot be said of IMAGE A. Whilst the design and wording are identical, the font used in the wording beneath the image of the men landing, and the layout of the words " THE SANTA MARIA " at the bottom of the bookmark are both different.
Does this mean that IMAGE A on the left is a variant produced by the same weaver? Or is it produced by a different weaver?
Whilst not conclusive, IMAGE B has been seen with a fragment of the stiff backing paper pinned on the reverse, on which is printed the STEVENS credit (see below, left).
FINAL NOTE: that all these different bookmarks, whilst of the same design and layout, all have different tops. One has a single blue line at the very top (Image A). The identified Stevens version has a red, white and blue rope effect top (Image B). The two versions associated with backing papers both have red, white and blue rectangles.