Souvenir of the discovery of America

Landing of Columbus Oct 12th 1492

Reference Number:- Darby Number:- Godden Number:-
sb 1844  437 not listed
 

IMAGE A
 
Very similar bookmark, with
different writing in middle
and different layout of
The Santa Maria
 
Bookmark with words, image of Columbus and his men landing in America, an image of The Santa Maria, and a portrait of Columbus
IMAGE B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bookmark with words, image of Columbus and his men landing in America, an image of The Santa Maria, and a portrait of Columbus
the image of this bookmark
was kindly donated by
Jim Steinhauer, USA
Words:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOUVENIR
OF THE DISCOVERY
OF AMERICA.
 
 
 

image of Columbus and his men
landing in America

 
 

LANDING OF COLUMBUS
OCT 12th 1492

 
 
 
 

Portrait of Columbus

with flags

 
 
 
 
 

COLUMBUS

 
 
 

image of his ship

THE
SANTA
MARIA

 
 
Size of Silk:
24.0 cm long by 7.0 cm wide
Alternative back-ground colours:
 
Comments:

by Geoffrey Godden:
Godden does not list this silk, although he includes a picture of IMAGE B within the Stevens Presentation Volume (page 36 of his book).

Other comments:
Neither of these silks have the Stevens name on it.

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.
What is important though is that this earlier version is recorded still attached to the stiff backing paper. That paper has the THOMAS STEVENS name printed, and so validates it.
In view of the near identical design, there seems little too doubt that the bookmark above is also of STEVENS manufacture.

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).
IMAGE B has also been seen with its original stiff backing paper, on which are printed words associated with World's Columbian Exposition (see below, right). This same backing paper is also associated with other bookmarks recorded on this site {such as sb16 and sb1887} although neither of these bookmarks has as yet been proved to be of STEVENS manufacture.
Also recorded is sb1888, where the bookmark is recorded on both this backing paper, and with a STEVENS backing paper:

same bookmark along side the original stiff backing paper used to support the bookmark in the post  same bookmark along side the original stiff backing paper used to support the bookmark in the post
same bookmark along side the fragment of the original STEVENS
stiff backing paper used to support the bookmark in the post
same bookmark along side the original stiff backing paper used to support the bookmark in the post
same bookmark along side the original
Exposition stiff backing paper used to
support the bookmark in the post

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.
There are other Souvenir bookmarks recorded on this site, some with the Stevens backing paper. All three different designs of top occur on these other bookmarks, and it is evident Stevens did not use just one design.

 


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This page was created on 30 January 2003
Additional image and comment added 1 June 2003, and revised 1 May 2016. Wording changed to reflect the recording of bookmark sb1845. © Peter Daws
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