Centennial Exposition

of the Ohio Valley and Central States
Cincinnati 1888

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 68 STG118 un-numbered
 

Image of Centennial buildings
the image of this silk picture was kindly donated by John Hartwig, USA
 
Image of Centennial buildings
same silk picture, but without Mannion credit, and slightly different wording on last row

Words:
Woven on silk:-
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY J. J. MANNION & Co., CINCINNATI, OHIO.

CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION

OF THE OHIO VALLEY AND CENTRAL STATES.

CINCINNATI 1888

Size:
Card-mount:
19.5cm deep by 25.0cm wide

silk:
7.0cm high by 17.8cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
Mannion is credited as one of Stevens' agents in the U.S.A. and it seems clear that some of Stevens's silks were being sold under Mannion's name. "The Finish" has been seen with similar Mannion identification. 

by Geoffrey Godden:
A landscape view of the exterior of this 1888 Exhibition is here illustrated with the printed credit on the card-mount 'Woven in pure silk by J. J. Mannion & Co. Cincinnati, Ohio'. Although Mannion was one of Stevens' agents in America, there is no evidence that this example was, in fact, woven by Thomas Stevens of Coventry; and the type used for the printed title does not match that on true Stevens card-mounts.

Other comments:
It is known that Mannion mounted Stevens silks in card mounts on which Mannion's name appeared as the weaver, but it is unknown whether Mannion actually wove the silk, or whether he simply mounted Stevens silks as his own.

I have seen a copy of the woven silk above presented as a bookmark (recorded on this site as sb491) still attached to the stiff backing paper. On that paper was printed:

WOVEN IN PURE SILK
BY
STEVENGRAPH MFG. CO.
J. J. MANNION & CO. Sole Proprietor
CINCINNATI

Taken at face value, this printing would confirm that Stevens was in fact the weaver.

 


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This page was created on 14 December 2003
small image added 27 March 2004, which was replaced on 31 January 2015;
and large good quality image from John Hartwig added 30 December 2012.
As bookmark mounted on Mannion backing paper found, wording was changed 28 October 2017 © Peter Daws
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