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Who made these silks? A section has been added to this site, in which I include images of silks that seem to be from the Victorian period or early 1900's, but we do not know who made them. Can you help identify who made them? {last updated 11 January 2017}
There is a bookmark titled "Exposition Universelle d 'Anvers en 1894"
A coronation bookmark or favour with His Majesty King George V and Queen Mary
A bookmark or favour with Disraeli, made by L & S, and
Here is the details of all the silks we cannot identify. Can you help?
 
 
28 February 2018 Stevens Other Silk Items The following is a new title, with image, added for the first time:
se007 - Ribbon with words and medal: CAST THY BREAD UPON THE WATERS (excellent quality image)
 
  Stevens postcard The following are new titles reported within the Stevengraph Collectors Association newsletter as existing, and are added for the first time to the Stevens Postcard catalogue, although at this time no images are available:
sc50 - Her Majesty The Late Queen Victoria
sc65 - Columbus - Private Mailing card
sc80 - Gladstone
sc96 - Luitpold - Prinz Regent Von Bayern
sc100 - Moltke
sc126 - Kaiser Wilhelm I
sc132 - Ludwig Windthorst
sc187 - (God Speed The Plough) - no title
sc198 - (The Water Jump) - no title
sc224 - Hunting scene [Experimental version]
sc369 - Thomas Stevens {advertising postcard}

Whereas the following are new titles not previously recorded, which are supported by quality images:
sc4 - Coventry Coat of Arms & Greyfriars Green - no title (excellent quality image)
sc55 - Beaconsfield (reasonable quality image)
sc76 - Friedrich III (of Germany) (excellent quality image)
sc124 - Georg Stephenson (German title) (excellent quality image)
sc128 - Kaiser Wilhelm II (excellent quality image)
sc186 - For Life or Death (excellent quality image)
sc251 - Ann Hathaway's Cottage (excellent quality image)

The following are new images added for the first time to titles already recorded in the Stevens postcard catalogue:
sc6 - Coventry (Greyfriars Green) with Coventry Coat of Arms - no title (excellent quality image)
sc8 - Coventry (Greyfriars Green) with Lady Godiva statue (excellent quality image)
sc44 - His Majesty King George V (excellent quality image)
sc48 - Her Majesty Queen Mary (excellent quality image)
sc56 - Bismarck (excellent quality image)
sc66 - Ecce Homo (excellent quality image)
sc97 - Madonna and Child (excellent quality image)
sc98 - Mater Dolorosa (excellent quality image)
sc116 - Shakespeare (portrait)/ Stratford views (reasonable quality image)
sc184 - Called to the rescue (excellent quality image)
sc188 - (Grace Darling) - no title (excellent quality image)
sc192 - (The Present Time - steam train) - no title (excellent quality image)
sc288 - Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man (excellent quality image)
sc312 - Shakespeare's House (excellent quality image)
sc324 - St Paul's, London (excellent quality image)
sc328 - The Tower Bridge, London (excellent quality image)
sc332 - Tower of Refuge, Isle of Man (excellent quality image)
sc344 - Coat of Arms - Coventry (excellent quality image)
sc348 - Coat of Arms - Edinburgh (excellent quality image)
sc352 - Coat of Arms - Glasgow (excellent quality image)

 
  Stevens Bookmarks The following are new titles added for the first time to the bookmark catalogue, but as yet, there are no images:
sb18 - 1784 Old Meeting Sunday School Bedworth Third Jubilee 1934
sb1430 - Mit Den Besten Wunschen
sb1649 - Remember Me (below flowers) / Oh! May your way
sb1840 - Souvenir / (building) / Administration Building / (eagle, flags and shield) / And the Star Spangled Banner / Welcome to All Nations
sb1846 - Souvenir of the discovery of America / (people on beach) / Landing of Columbus Oct 12 1492 / flags and shield
sb1869 - Souvenir Woven in the Worlds Columbian Exposition Chigago 1893 / (building) / Administration Building / (eagle, flags and shield) / And the Star Spangled Banner / Welcome to All Nations
sb2322 - To My Love / (flowers with words: I Think of thee) / I am sighing and wishing
sb2439 - Watch and pray (narrow lengthways ribbon - pointed ends)

The following are new titles, together with images, not previously recorded, and are added for the first time in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:

For a long time the title, Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition opened July 1866 (sb2680) has been recorded. There is now recorded for the first time an almost identical bookmark; the difference being the new version has an " S " in ARTS. As the actual exhibition was called " ART ", and on inspection of the sb2680 version it can be seen where the " S " was removed, it is evident this new bookmark was the original design, and sb2680 the later version:
sb2681 - Yorkshire Fine Arts and Industrial Exhibition opened July 1866 (excellent quality image)

sb354 - All Thy Works Praise Thee O Lord (narrow pointed end joined with others) (excellent quality image)
sb578 - Create in me a clean heart O God (narrow pointed end joined with others) (excellent quality image)
sb1349 - May Joy Attend Thee (excellent quality image)
sb1561 - Our Father which art in heaven (The Lord's Prayer) - circular design & leaves at top (excellent quality image)
sb1578 - Praise the Lord for He is good (narrow pointed end joined with others) (excellent quality image)
sb2105 - The Redeemer / And when Jesus had cried (roundal pattern at bottom) (excellent quality image)
sb2637 - With kind wishes / Blessed are they that mourn (upright capital 'M') (excellent quality image)

The following are new images to go with titles already recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb92 - A birthday wish / My own love, my true love (good quality image)
sb208 - A Happy New Year To you [narrow] (excellent quality image)
sb476 - California Commandery, No. 1, KT, San Francisco / Pilgrimage to St. Louis Mo September 1886 (good quality image)
sb632 - Easter Hymn / Jesus Christ is risen today (good quality image)
sb676 - Fader Vår (Swedish for: Our Father) (excellent quality image)
sb1056 - I wish you a merry Christmas / And / A Happy New Year (excellent quality image)
sb1160 - Leo Pope P XIII (good quality image)
sb1580 - Praise waiteth for thee O God (narrow pointed end joined with others) (excellent quality image)
sb2140 - The silken alphabet (good quality image)
sb2141 - The silken alphabet - larger space before title (good quality image)
sb2278 - To my dear mother (with flowers and butterfly) (excellent quality image)
sb2608 - With good wishes to my brother (good quality image)

The following are better quality images to replace others already recorded in the bookmark catalogue:
sb262 - A present from Sydney (excellent quality image)
sb268 - A present from the Crystal Palace (fern & rose design) (excellent quality image)

 
  Stevens Portraits The following is a new title added to the Stevens silk portrait catalogue, although unfortunately there is currently no image to go with that title:
so534 - Wales, H.R.H. Prince of (facing full left, two crossed flags) - future Edward VII

And the following is a new title and portrait added for the first time to the Stevens catalogue:
so215 - Columbus / Woven in the Worlds Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893 (excellent quality image)

With the following being new images to go with existing titles already recorded in the Stevens catalogue:
so18 - Alexander II, Czar of Russia (excellent quality image)
so19 - Alexander III, Czar of Russia (excellent quality image)
so68 - Augusta, Kaiserin of Germany (excellent quality image)
so116 - Bright, Rt. Hon. John, M.P. (no flowers) (excellent quality image)
so352 - L'immaculee Conception (Virgin Mary with arms outstretched) (excellent quality image)

And the following are new improved images to replace existing portraits already recorded in the Stevens catalogue:
so532 - Wales, H.R.H. Prince of (facing half left, two crossed flags) - future Edward VII (good quality image)

 
  Stevens Pictures The following are new titles added for the first time to the Stevens picture catalogue, together with quality images:
Composite pictures, with more than one silk in a single card matt:
st18 - The Good Old Days with Stephenson's Triumph (excellent quality image)
st33 - Full Cry, with W.G. (Grace) portrait, and The Death (excellent quality image)
st40 - Titled 'Souvenir of the Godiva Procession, August 7th, 1907', being postcard versions of The Lady Godiva Procession; Ye Ladye Godiva of Coventre (on horseback); View of Coventry Greyfriars Green; Ye Ladye Godiva of Coventre (descending steps); and mini silks of Coventry Coat of Arms; Peeping Tom and Lady Godiva'. (excellent quality image)
st197 - First Innings (The) - cigarette advertising (excellent quality image)
st201 - First Over (The) - wrong silk (good quality image)
st268 - Good Old Days (The) - with winter landscape, one tree, contemporary design (excellent quality image)
st522 - Royal Porch, The Mint and Gourlay's House (excellent quality image)
st537 - Slip (The) - dog's head set back (excellent quality image)
st542 - Souvenier de l'Exposition, Paris, 1900 (silk of Landing of Columbus, 1492) (good quality image)
st601 - Water Jump (The) - J.J. Mannion (excellent quality image)

The following are new images added for the first time to existing titles in the catalogue:
st268 - Good Old Days of Rattling Wheels and Gallant Greys (The) - each word starting with 2 colour letter (excellent quality image)
st284 - H.M.S. Bedford - sister to HMS Berwick (good quality image)
st296 - H.M.S. Hannibal (excellent quality image)
st316 - H.M.S. Mars (reasonable quality image)
st418 - "London & York" Royal Mail Coach (The) - (no printing in lower left corner of mount) (excellent quality image)

And the following are images attached to German picture titles, where the title itself is not known within the Stevens catalogue, being a locally generated version:
st124-1 - Seeschlacht bei Trafalgar i. J. 1805 (excellent quality image)
st528-1 - Unabhangigkeitserklarung Amerikas am 4. Juli 1776. (good quality image)
st548-2 - Spanisches Stiergefecht! (reasonable quality image)

And new improved quality image to replace existing images in the Stevens silk picture catalogue:
st180 - Exposition Universelle 1889 (excellent quality image)
st204 - First Point (The) (excellent quality image)
st298 - H.M.S. Illustrious (excellent quality image)
st428 - Meet (The) - horse's front legs together (excellent quality image)
st440 - Niagara (excellent quality image)
st556 - Start (The) (excellent quality image)
st612 - William, Prince of Orange (excellent quality image)

The following additional images have been added to existing records so as to improve the quality of information available:

Two slightly different images of the Centennial Exposition, 1888, have long been recorded. There has now been added two " loose " silks, one attached to a stiff backing paper with both Thomas Stevens and J.J. Mannion names. These new additions help to identify which of the two original images was of the Stevens picture, and which was the Mannion picture:
st68 - Centennial Exposition / of the Ohio Valley and Central States / Cincinnati 1888 (excellent quality image)

st56 - Called to the Rescue - sub titled: 'Heroism at sea' (excellent quality image)
st60 - Called to the Rescue - no sub title (excellent quality image)
st212 - First Set (The) (excellent quality image)
st228 - For life or death - sub titled: 'Heroism on land' - 4 horses (excellent quality image)
st480 - Present Time (The) / 60 Miles an Hour - Lord Howe engine & 2 carriages (excellent quality image)
st600 - Water Jump (The) (excellent quality image)

So far, all the recorded Stevens Calendars have had the same broad presentation. Added now is an alternative presentation of the 1933 calendar; this time with the calendar part attached as a small booklet to the front of the mounted silk picture:
stcal 1933 - Stevens 1933 calendar: Forth Bridge - alternative presentations (good quality image)
 
 
3 January 2018 Stevens Ship cards Already recorded in the Stevens Ship postcards is the title "Liverpool Landing Stage (no ship name)". The image associated with the title had the tug with red funnels. A new image has been donated by the STEVENGRAPH COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION with the tug having brown funnels:
si701 - Liverpool Landing Stage (no ship name) - tug with brown funnels (White Star Line) (reasonable quality image)
The following is a new title, with image, added for the first time:
si266 - SS Devonian (reasonable quality image)
And the following is a new image added for the first time to an existing title:
si372 - RMS Hildebrand (excellent quality image)
 
  Stevens HATS card The following are new titles, not previously recorded, together with excellent quality images:
sh250 - Great Britain/Canadian: SS Pomeranian (excellent quality image)
sh875 - Portugal (Republic of)/Brazil - English: RMS Hildebrand (excellent quality image)
sh886 - Portugal (Republic of)/Brazil - Portuguese: Lanfranc (excellent quality image)
sh1253 - USA/Scotland: RMS Carpathia (excellent quality image)
 
  Alpha postcards In addition to the Stevens silk postcards with woven flags, the Alpha Company also prublished a number of flag cards, some with their own embossing, and others with the Stevens woven silk and embossing.
The following are the new titles and images of the Alpha Publishing Company cards:
sa1070 - Great Britain Flag, Coat of Arms & White Ensign - May glorious Victories on Land and Sea . . . (excellent quality image)
sa1075 - Great Britain Flag, Coat of Arms & White Ensign - With all my heart I wish you well. (excellent quality image)
sa1080 - Great Britain Flag, Coat of Arms & White Ensign - WITH LOVE TO MY SWEETHEART (excellent quality image)
sa1085 - Great Britain Flag, Coat of Arms & White Ensign - WITH MY HEART'S FONDEST WISHES (excellent quality image)
sa1090 - (flags: Russia, Great Britain, France & Belgium) - HONOUR and LIBERTY (excellent quality image)
sa1095 - (flags: Russia, Great Britain, France & Belgium) - HONOUR and LIBERTY : Wishing you a happy Christmas (excellent quality image)
sa1100 - (flags: France & USA) - HANDS ACROSS THE SEA (good quality image)
sa1105 - (flags: Great Britain & USA) - HANDS ACROSS THE SEA (good quality image)
sa1120 - (flags: Spain & USA) - WITH LOVING WISHES ACROSS THE SEA (good quality image)
sa1130 - (flags: USA & Ireland) - HANDS ACROSS THE SEA (excellent quality image)
sa1135 - (flags: USA & Italy) - WITH GREETINGS AND GOOD WISHES ACROSS THE SEA (good quality image)
sa1150 - (flags: USA & Scotland)- HANDS ACROSS THE SEA (good quality image)
 
  Stevens Bookmarks The following are new titles, together with images, not previously recorded, and are added for the first time in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb1174 - Let Glasgow Flourish (good quality image)
sb1842 - Souvenir of the discovery of America / The Santa Maria (excellent quality image)
sb1857 - Souvenir of the discovery of America / Woven in the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 / Landing of Columbus Oct 12 1492 / flags and shield / steam train (excellent quality image)

The following are new images to go with titles already recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb262 - A present from Sydney (reasonable quality image)
sb400 - B. Harrison / Republican (political favour) (excellent quality image)
sb484 - Cardinal Wiseman (good quality image)
sb1508 - New Year's wish / May the New Year (excellent quality image)
sb1548 - (cockerel) / Our choice for President and Vice President 1888 / (square with 13 diamonds) - Cleveland & Thurman (reasonable quality image)
sb1552 - (eagle & shield) / Our choice for President and Vice President 1888 / (cabin & cooking pot) - Harrison & Morton (reasonable quality image)

 
  Stevens Portraits The following is a new title and portrait added for the first time to the Stevens catalogue:
so389 - Mater Dolorosa (ornate arch type pattern above portrait) (excellent quality image)

The following are new images to go with existing titles already recorded in the Stevens catalogue:

Godden included a portrait of Augusta Victoria but provided no clear narrative as to the actual title of the silk. Initially, this portrait was recorded as so70: Augusta Victoria. A colour image appeared in the Stevengraph Collectors' Association newsletter, and this contained the actual title. As a result, so70 has been removed, and replaced with the following correct entry:
so244 - Empress of Germany (reasonable quality image)

And the following are new improved images to replace existing portraits already recorded in the Stevens catalogue:
so100 - Bismarck, Prince (excellent quality image)
so264 - Friedrich III (of Germany) (excellent quality image)
so312 - (Grace, W.G. Dr.) " W.G." (excellent quality image)

 
  Stevens Pictures The following are new images added for the first time to existing titles in the Stevens silk picture catalogue:
stcal 1926 - Stevens 1926 calendar: The Death (good quality image)
stcal 1927 - 1927 Calendar - Called to the Rescue (excellent quality image)
st649 - Zu Hülfe Gerufen (Stevens card mount) (excellent quality image)
st578 - Struggle (The) - "Registered" only on left hand side - normal design (excellent quality image)

And the following are image attached to German picture titles, where the title itself is not known within the Stevens catalogue, being a locally generated version:
st232-2 - Feuerwehr (excellent quality image)
st400-1 - Columbus Landung in Amerika i. J. 1492 (excellent quality image)
st400-2 - Columbus Landung in Amerika im Jahre 1493 (good quality image)
st436-1 - Seeansicht (reasonable quality image)

And new improved quality image to replace existing images in the Stevens silk picture catalogue:
st184 - Exposition Universelle D'Anvers en 1894 (excellent quality image)
st308 - H.M.S. Majestic (excellent quality image)
st576 - Struggle (The) / Woven in the York Exhibition, 1879 - normal design, being two groups of horses, with 'shaded' grass between (excellent quality image)
st488-2 - Jetzt (excellent quality image)

 
 
5 October 2017 Stevens Bookmarks The following are new titles, together with images, not previously recorded, and are added for the first time in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb90 - A birthday wish / May your life to day (reasonable quality image)
sb833 - (portrait) / God bless the Prince of Wales (excellent quality image)
sb1977 - The Doxology / Praise God from whom all blessings flow (scroll design at top) (excellent quality image)
sb2101 - The priceless gem / Tell me not of sparkling gems (with words below flowers: Gathering of pure affection) (excellent quality image)
 

The following are new images to go with titles already recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
Richard W Bell Antiques, of America, has very kindly sent me the following image to go with a pre-existing title:
sb536 - Christmas Hymn / While shepherds watched (excellent quality image)
sb1224 - Love (inside wreath with 2 birds) (wreath with words round heart: 'Unchanging love' ) / Though absence (excellent quality image)

And the following are improved images to replace existing ones:
sb1628 - Queen Victoria / Born May 24th, 1819 / Crowned June 28th, 1838 (excellent quality image)
sb1652 - Remember me / There's not a look (excellent quality image)
sb1736 - Rt. Hon. B. Disraeli, M.P. / First Lord of the Treasury 1868 (excellent quality image)
sb2464 - Wishing you a happy birthday / Let hope, sweet hope . . . / . . . From year to year / (ribbon with: With Best Wishes) (excellent quality image)

And the following are additional images added to existing records, so as to enhance the quality of information available:
sb1212 - Love (word carried by bird) / Affections fond remembrancer (excellent quality image)

 
  Stevens Portraits The following are new titles and portraits added for the first time to the Stevens catalogue:
so97 - Beaconsfield, The Late Earl of, Peace with Honour (smaller silk, words on silk above portrait, flowers across jacket) (excellent quality image)
so205 - Cleveland, President (Mannion credit) (excellent quality image)
so206 - Cleveland, President (cigarette advertising) (excellent quality image)
so209 - Cleveland, Mrs (Mannion credit) (excellent quality image)
so287 - Gladstone, Rt. Hon. W.E. (full face, with flowers) (reasonable quality image)
so488 - Stephenson, George (excellent quality image)
 

The following are new images to go with existing titles already recorded in the Stevens catalogue:
so211 - Cleveland, Mrs (without flowers) (excellent quality image)
so300 - Gladstone, Rt. Hon. W.E., M.P. (facing half right, with flowers, but smaller head) (reasonable quality image)

And the following are new improved images to replace existing portraits already recorded in the Stevens catalogue:
so424 - Peeping Tom (excellent quality image)
so489 - Stephenson, George (The Pioneer of Railways) (excellent quality image)

 
  Stevens Pictures The following are new titles and images added for the first time to the Stevens silk picture catalogue:
st250 - Gentle Jesus, Meek & Mild (little girl praying) (excellent quality image)
st412 - Little Boy Blue (excellent quality image)
st510 - Red Riding Hood (excellent quality image)
st590 - Two Friends (The) - boy with little dog (excellent quality image)
 
  Grant portraits The following are new titles, together with images, not previously recorded, and are added for the first time in the Grant portrait catalogue:
go35 - Right Hon. W.E. Gladstone, M.P. with The Late Earl of Beaconsfield (on same mount) (excellent quality image)
go226 - Gladstone, The Rt. Hon. W.E., M.P. (1884 - surrounded by wreath) - Possibly not Grant (excellent quality image)
 

The following are new images added for the first time to existing titles already recorded:
go60 - Arch, Mr. Joseph, M.P. - 'The Labourer's Friend' (excellent quality image)
go108 - Bright, Right Hon. John, M.P. - Peace, Retrenchment, Reform (small, woven in black & white) (excellent quality image)
go112 - Bright, The Right Hon. John, M.P. - Peace, Retrenchment, Reform (excellent quality image)
go300 - Wales, H.R.H. The Prince of: Unity of Empire (Future King George V) (excellent quality image)
go304 - Wales, H.R.H. The Princess of: Unity of Empire (Future Queen Mary) (excellent quality image)

The following are improved quality images to replace existing ones already recorded in the Grant portrait catalogue:
gc268 - Salisbury, The Marquis of, K.G. - Queen and Country (woven in colour) (excellent quality image)

 
  Grant pictures The following are the new titles, together with images, recorded for the first time in the Grant picture catalogue:
gt21 - Souvenir of the Bradford Exhibition, 1904 (comprising: 'Lister Park', 'Cartwright Memorial' and 'Exhibition buildings') (excellent quality image)
gt24 - A Present from the International Exhibition, Edinburgh 1886 (comprising 'The Exhibition Building' , 'Netherbow Port' , 'The Band Stand' and 'City of Edinburgh 1886 & City Arms' at bottom ) (reasonable quality image)
gt25 - A Present from the International Exhibition, Edinburgh 1886 (comprising City Arms, 'The Netherbow Port', 'The Old Edinburgh Street' and 'The Old Tolbooth') (reasonable quality image)
gt43 - A Present from the International Exhibition, Edinburgh, 1886 (comprising 'City of Edinburgh Arms', 'The Exhibition Building', 'City of Edinburgh Arms', 'The Old Tolbooth', 'Old Edinburgh Street' and 'The Netherbow Port') (reasonable quality image)
gt352 - Edinburgh Exhibition (view of Edinburgh Castle) {1908} (excellent quality image)
gt354 - Edinburgh Exhibition (view of Holyrood Palace) {1908} (excellent quality image)
gt496 - Machinery Hall / World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 (excellent quality image)
gt592 - Souvenir of the Cork Exhibition, 1902 (Blarney Castle) (excellent quality image)
gt593 - Souvenir of the Cork Exhibition, 1902 (Rapids Killarney) (excellent quality image)
 

The following are new images added for the first time to existing titles already recorded:
gt22 - A Present from the International Exhibition, Edinburgh 1886
(comprising City Arms, 'The Band Stand', 'The Old Edinburgh Street' and 'The Exhibition Building' )
(reasonable quality image)
gt23 - A Present from the International Exhibition, Edinburgh 1886
(comprising City Arms, 'The Exhibition Building', 'The Old Edinburgh Street' and 'The Band Stand')
(reasonable quality image)
gt366 - 'Gainst Wind and Stream (By River) (excellent quality image)
gt370 - 'Gainst Wind and Wave (By Ocean) (excellent quality image)
gt434 - International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art, Edinburgh, 1886 (view of exhibition buildings) (excellent quality image)
gt523 - Old Tolbooth, The (International Exhibition of Art, Science, Commerce and Industry, Edinburgh 1886) (excellent quality image)

The following are improved quality images to replace existing ones already recorded in the Grant picture catalogue:
gt804 - Ye Olde Bishopsgate (roofline sloping up from left to right) (excellent quality image)

 
 
14 August 2017 Stevens Bookmarks The following are new titles, together with images, not previously recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb1557 - Our choice for President and Vice President / Public Office is a Public Trust - possibly not Stevens (excellent quality image)
sb1844 - Souvenir of the discovery of America / (portrait) / Columbus / The Santa Maria - possibly not Stevens (excellent quality image)
sb1854 - Souvenir of the discovery of America / Woven in the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 / Landing of Columbus Oct 12 1492 / The Santa Maria (reasonable quality image)
sb1856 - Souvenir of the discovery of America / Woven in the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 / Landing of Columbus Oct 12 1492 / flags and shield (excellent quality image)
sb1933 - The Beatitudes / Blessed are the poor in Spirit (triangular vase pattern at bottom) (excellent quality image)
 

The following are new images to go with titles already recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb218 - A merry Christmas / All hail to merry Christmas (beneath robin and leaves) / The merry bells (excellent quality image)
sb220 - A merry Christmas / Glory to God in the highest (excellent quality image)
sb1052 - I wish you a merry Christmas / All hail to merry Christmas (excellent quality image)

And the following are improved images to replace existing ones:
sb216 - A merry Christmas / A blithe and joyous welcome (excellent quality image)
sb496 - Centennial 1776 -1876 / Philadelphia, U.S.A. / George Washington / And the Star Spangled banner (excellent quality image)
sb1942 - The Burton On Trent Life Boat, 1867 (excellent quality image)
sb2624 - With kind regards / Bear the (woven cross) and wear the (woven crown) (excellent quality image)

 
  Stevens Souvenirs The following is a better quality image to replace the previously recorded image:
su8 - Prince Albert and his daughters (excellent quality image)
 
  Stevens Pictures The following are better quality images to replace the previously recorded images:
st88-1 - Columbus Einschiffung nach Amerika im Jahre 1492 (excellent quality image)
st88 - Columbus leaving Spain, 1492 (excellent quality image)
 
  Grant portraits The following are new titles, together with images, recorded for the first time in the Grant portrait catalogue:
go24 - Their Royal Highnesses / The Prince and Princess of Wales (future George V & Mary) (on same mount) (reasonable quality image)
go142 - (Chamberlain): International Exhibition Of Industry, Science and Art, Edinburgh 1886 (good quality image)
go144 - Churchill, Lord Randolph. - Perseverance, Pluck, Patriotism (small, black & white silk - facing slightly right) (excellent quality image)
go182 - Edward VII, His Majesty King - God Save the King (excellent quality image)
go186 - George V & Mary (excellent quality image)
go210 - Gladstone, Right Hon. W.E., M.P. - International Inventions Exhibition, London 1885 (excellent quality image)
go245 - Kitchener, Lord (reasonable quality image)
go257 - Parnell, Charles Stewart, M.P. - Ireland's Gifted Leader (reasonable quality image)
go262 - Roberts, Field-Marshal Lord, V.C. - Cape to Cairo - Empire Makers (reasonable quality image)
 

The following are new images added for the first time to existing titles already recorded:
go48 - Alexandra, Her Majesty Queen - smaller size (excellent quality image)
go72 - Baden Powell, Major-General - Empire Defenders (Hero of Mafeking) (excellent quality image)
go120 - Buller, Sir Redvers, V.C. - Empire Defenders (excellent quality image)
go124 - Buller, Sir Redvers, V.C. - (fancy type face) (reasonable quality image)
go132 - Chamberlain, Mr Joseph, M.P. - Champion of Freedom (excellent quality image)
go140 - Chamberlain, Right Hon. Joseph, M.P. - Champion of Freedom (small, black & white: facing half left) (good quality image)
go164 - Edward VII, His Majesty King - smaller size) (excellent quality image)
go212 - Gladstone, Right Hon. W.E., Esq., M.P. (small, black & white: facing half left) (excellent quality image)
go224 - Gladstone, The Right Hon. W.E., M.P. / Woven in the Dundee Exhibition 1888 - Tried, Trusted, True (with flowers) (excellent quality image)
go296 - Wales, Prince of, - Our Future King. (future King Edward VII) (reasonable quality image)

The following are improved quality images to replace existing ones already recorded in the Grant portrait catalogue:
gc160 - Churchill, Lord Randolph, M.P. - Perseverance, Pluck, Patriotism (larger size, facing slightly right - coloured silk) (excellent quality image)
gc196 - Gladstone, Right Hon. W.E., M.P. - Tried, Trusted, True (with flowers) (excellent quality image)
gc260 - Roberts, Field-Marshal Lord, V.C. - For Queen and Country - Empire Makers (excellent quality image)

 
  Grant pictures The following are the new titles, together with images, recorded for the first time in the Grant picture catalogue:
gt19 - Triple Silk: Houses of Parliament, King Edward VII, and Tower Bridge (good quality image)
gt60 - A British Man O' War (excellent quality image)
gt412 - H.M.S. Illustrious (excellent quality image)
gt601 - Souvenir of the Irish International Exhibition, Dublin 1907 (no fountain) (excellent quality image)
gt799 - Ye Church of All Hallows (building to right of weaving) (modern re-mount image)
gt822 - Ye Olde Tyne Bridge / Royal Jubilee Exhibition and Grounds, Newcastle-on-Tyne (reasonable quality image)
 

The following are new images added for the first time to existing titles already recorded:
gt239 - Calendar 1939 - Bathing Beauty (untitled scene) (excellent quality image)
gt360 - For When the One Great Scorer . . (verse mounted on card for hanging) (excellent quality image)
gt474 - Lady Godiva statue (standing figure) (excellent quality image)
gt520 - Old London Street, The (reasonable quality image)
gt552 - Royal Jubilee Exhibition and Grounds, Newcastle-on-Tyne (reasonable quality image)
gt798 - Ye Church of All Hallows (building to left of weaving) (excellent quality image)

The following are improved quality images to replace existing ones already recorded in the Grant picture catalogue:
gt590 - Souvenir of the Cork Exhibition, 1902 (exhibition buildings) (excellent quality image)

 
 
27 June 2017 Stevens Bookmarks The following are new titles, together with images, not previously recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
The following is a minor variation to the existing O Lord have mercy upon us (sb1528) in that the existing bookmark has a yellow and red decoration at the very top of the bookmark, whilst this new record does not have this decoration
sb1529 - O Lord have mercy upon us (without top decoration) (excellent quality image)
 
The title "Souvenir of the discovery of America / Landing of Columbus Oct 12th 1492 / Columbus / The Santa Maria" (sb1848) has been recorded for some time, but with a doubt it was a genuine Stevens silk.
The following new addition to the catalogue is an identical silk, except that the letter " L " has been omitted from the " COLUMBUS " name. It seems probably that this new addition was the original, and when the error was found, changed to the version already recorded.
Of importance too is that this new addition is still attached to the stiff backing paper, with STEVENS name printed. It is hence a genuine Stevens silk bookmark, and by implication the previously recorded version is now confirmed as a genuine Stevens:
sb1849 - Souvenir of the discovery of America / Landing of Coumbus (sic) Oct 12th 1492 / Columbus / The Santa Maria (excellent quality image)
 

The following are new images to go with titles already recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb848 - Greeting / Wishing you prosperity and health (excellent quality image)

And the following are improved images to replace existing ones:
sb756 - (flowers) / Forget me not / (flowers) / Forget thee? Not while life (excellent quality image)
sb1355 - (flowers with words: May our hearts be united in love forever) / O come with me (excellent quality image)

With the following recording additional images added to suppliment previously recorded images:
sb311 - A / Wish / (flowers with words: Joy attend thee) / To thee I'd breathe (excellent quality image)

 
  Grant postcards The following are the new titles, together with images, recorded for the first time in the Grant postcard catalogue:
gc22 - H. M. Queen Alexandra (with crown, Rd. no. 370915 & St. Georges Cross) - silk only (excellent quality image)
gc110 - (Baden Powell) For The Flag (reasonable quality image)
gc484-fb - Blarney Castle (Souvenir of the Franco-British Exhibition, 1908 (black & white image)
gc562 - Old Edinburgh Street (continental card mount) (excellent quality image)
gc616-bc - Tower Bridge, London (as birthday card, with woven title) (excellent quality image)
gc660-lc - Lady Godiva Procession (large card with green border) (reasonable quality image)
gc676-cc - The Flags that Fight in Freedoms cause (as Christmas Card) (excellent quality image)
gc742-lc - Bonnie Scotland for auld lang syne (large card with green border) (excellent quality image)
gc858 - Times change and we with time (Bristol Exhibition) (excellent quality image)
gc860-cc - With Best Wishes for a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year (as undated Christmas card) (excellent quality image)
 
The postcard title "Auld Lang Syne" has been recorded with the more usual version of the words of the chorus recorded with the music. There is now recorded for the first time the version with the words of the verse and chorus together, followed by all the music:
gc739 - Auld lang syne - with words together and music (excellent quality image)
 
 
The "Home, Sweet Home" postcard is very common, and was one of the first to be recorded on this site. On very close inspection however, I now realise that there is actually an error in the very first cards to be issued, and as such, new records are now created.
There are basically two version of "Home, Sweet Home". The first has the words of the verse first, then the music of the verse, followed by the words of the chorus and finally the music of the chorus. The second version has the words of the verse and chorus together, followed by the music of the verse and chorus together.
It is now realised that the very first issues of these basic two designs both have an error in the music of the chorus. The earliest designs have, in the 4th bar of the chorus music, a note " G " as the first note. The correct music, and all subsequent issues of the silk postcard, should have a note " A " instead.
All variations of these postcards are now recorded in the catalogue, as comparisons of the two basic designs:
gc816 - Home Sweet Home - with words and music (chorus separated) (excellent quality image)
gc818 - Home Sweet Home - with words together and music (excellent quality image)
 

The following are new images added for the first time to existing titles already recorded:
gc388 - RMS Saxonia (USA & Irish flags) (excellent quality image)
gc392-fb - British and Irish flags (Souvenir of the Franco-British Exhibition, 1908 (excellent quality image)
gc552 - Marle Hall, Llandudno (excellent quality image)
gc730-cc - All Xmas Joys be thine, Good wishes for the New Year (as undated Christmas Card) (excellent quality image)

For quite some time, there has been recorded two postcards with Coats of Arms, both attributed to Stevens. With the assistance of Mark Cottrill's book on Grant postcards, it is now realised these two have been mis-categorised. Both cards are now correctly recorded as Grant postcards, against titles already recorded:
gc648 - Coventry (Coat of Arms) (reasonable quality image)
gc651 - (Coat of Arms / Forward) - no title (reasonable quality image)

The following are improved quality images to replace existing ones already recorded in the Grant postcard catalogue:
gc60 - H.R.H. Princess of Wales (reg no. 369619 woven on silk) (excellent quality image)
gc312 - Greetings from the Liverpool Exhibition, 1913 (Hands across the sea) (excellent quality image)
gc364 - Greetings from Scotland - For Auld Lang Syne (excellent quality image)
gc468-lc - The Flip-Flap (larger card with green border) (excellent quality image)
gc492 - Burn's Cottage, Ayr (excellent quality image)
gc560 - New St., Birmingham (excellent quality image)
gc576 - Shakespeare's birthplace (excellent quality image)
gc618 - Tower Bridge (without woven title) (excellent quality image)
gc850 - There's gladness in remembrance - Greetings With Best Wishes (excellent quality image)

 
 
19 May 2017 Stevens HATS card Following on from the extensive update of the Stevens Hands Across the Sea postcards, there has ensued a discussion about the Great Britain/Merchant Navy silk. In essence, having a flag for the Merchant Navy made no sense, and also, with the addition of the crest, this flag is not a true Merchant Navy flag.
John High, in his unpublished work, noted that this flag was actually a representation of the Canadian flag after the first World War. There has also been support for this view during the discussions.
Whilst I cannot find an exact match of this flag recorded for the various Canadian flags, nevertheless, the logic of it being the Canadian flag is sufficiently strong for this web site to record it as such:
Hence, within the Stevens Hands Across the Sea catalogue, the previously recorded Great Britain/Merchant Navy HATS cards have now been redefined as Great Britain/Canadian Hands Across the Sea cards.
 
  Stevens Bookmarks The following are new titles, together with images, not previously recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb490 - CE / Convention / Bristol 1896 (excellent quality image)
 
A delegates ribbon titled " Christ and Comradeship " has been long recorded on this site. A new addition is the same ribbon, but this time it would appear to be for the National Council delegate:
sb1478 - NATL COUNCIL / Christ and Comradeship (excellent quality image)
 
The title " To my cousin " has long been recorded on this site.
A new bookmark with the same title has now been found, necessitating the change of the previously recorded title to now read:
sb2253 - To my cousin / Peace be around thee (excellent quality image)
The title and image newly recorded in the catalogue is:
sb2252 - To my cousin / (flowers) / I dont forget (excellent quality image)
 
The title Dinah consoling Hetty in prison has long been recorded on this site. A new variant of this title is now added to the Stevens bookmark catalogue. The two bookmarks are almost identical - the difference being that the new addition has the name " FJ Williamson Esq. " added below the words of the central picture:
sb610 - Dinah consoling Hetty in prison (FJ Williamson Esq. on picture) (excellent quality image)
 
The title In Commemoration of the Testimonial to Sir Moses Montefiore. . . / (Hebrew writing) / Pray for the Peace has long been recorded on this site. A new variant of this title is now added to the Stevens bookmark catalogue. The two bookmarks are almost identical - the difference being that the new addition has the Hebrew writing at the end of the bookmark, whilst the previous version had it in the middle:
sb1109 - In Commemoration of the Testimonial to Sir Moses Montefiore. . . / Pray for the Peace / (Hebrew writing) (excellent quality image)
 

The following are new images to go with titles already recorded in the Stevens bookmark catalogue:
sb316 - A wish / May heaven's blessing (excellent quality image)
sb872 - Handel Festival / (circle which reads: 'S H S') / Crystal Palace, June 1862 (fringed at bottom) (excellent quality image)
sb840 - God is love (lengthways, fringed at both ends) (excellent quality image)
sb1092 - I.H.S. (The tops & bottoms of the letters form scrolling decoration) (full size - pointed end) (excellent quality image)
sb2600 - With good wishes and a happy New Year to all (excellent quality image)

And the following are improved images to replace existing ones:
sb104 - A blessing / (flowers with words: Fond Affection) / Bless Thee Dearest (excellent quality image)
sb144 - A friends blessing (excellent quality image)
sb508 - Chapel Street Old Chapel Blackburn (excellent quality image)
sb852 - Greetings and best birthday wishes (excellent quality image)
sb860 - H.R.H. Alexandra Princess of Denmark / H.R.H. Albert Edward Prince of Wales (excellent quality image)
sb1621 - Queen of an Empire on which the sun never sets / Victoria / (portrait) / 1837 / Jubilee 1887 (excellent quality image)
sb1740 - Rt. Hon. W.E. Gladstone / The Champion of Liberty (portrait facing half-right) (excellent quality image)
sb2229 - (flowers with words: To a mother) / Dear Mother Let thy tender care (excellent quality image)

 
  Grant postcards The following are the new titles, together with images, recorded for the first time in the Grant postcard catalogue:
gc78 - H. M. King George V - no registration number (excellent quality image)
gc229 - Irish International Exhibition, Dublin, 1907 / (Exhibition buildings) / Opened by the Earl of Aberdeen (excellent quality image)
gc720-lc - Abide with me (music and words) (large card with green border) (excellent quality image)
gc850 - There's gladness in remembrance - Greetings With Best Wishes (un-mounted silk image)

The following are new images added for the first time to existing titles already recorded:
gc28 - Souvenir of the King's visit to Ireland, July, 1903 (King Edward VII) (excellent quality image)
gc32 - Souvenir of the King's visit to Ireland, July, 1903 (Queen Alexandra) (excellent quality image)
gc248 - Scottish National Exhibition, 1908 (excellent quality image)
gc508 - Court of Honour (excellent quality image)
gc612 - The University, Glasgow (excellent quality image)
gc720 - Abide with me (music and words) (excellent quality image)

The following are improved quality images to replace existing ones already recorded in the Grant postcard catalogue:
gc324 - Greetings from Liverpool Exhibition 1913 (hands shaking) (excellent quality image)
gc566 - Peel Castle, I. O. M. - title printed on card (excellent quality image)

 
 
27 March 2017 Postcards Regular visitors to this page will know that it is several years since I addressed the SHIP and HANDS ACROSS THE SEA postcards.
This is in part because I was not happy with the Stevens and Grant catalogues. I have now looked at these cards, and importantly, with the invaluable guidance of Mark Cottrill, the Stevengraph Collectors Association President, corrected the mis-categorisation of several titles.
I have also decided to simplify the catalogues, without of course reducing the amount of information available.

The summarised outcome is:-
a) Move several titles FROM the STEVENS catalogue TO the GRANT catalogue.
b) ADD the previously unrecorded Great Britain/Australia flag combination to the Hands Across The Sea catalogue.
c) SPLIT the GRANT catalogue by card type, and ADD a number of previously unrecorded titles.

 
  Stevens Ship card Whilst in general the STEVENS SHIP postcard catalogue was accurate, there had been recorded eight titles that did not seem correct. I now realise that these were all in fact GRANT postcards and have been moved.

A small number of new titles have also been added.
I have also added images to most of the titles; 92.7% of the recorded titles to be precise, so this is now very much comprehensive. Some images are new to the site whilst others are improved quality.

 
  Stevens HATS card Chris Radley, writing in the 1985 RF Picture Postcard Catalogue publication mentions that STEVENS might have produced Experimental cards in Australia, one of which was a HANDS ACROSS THE SEA card with Great Britain and Australian flags.

This site now records three silk postcards with the GB / Australian flags, being SS Persic, SS Runic and a card with no ships name.
None of these card has the " HANDS ACROSS THE SEA " printed above the silk panel, and the embossed border round the silk panel of the two named ships is the maple leaf design used sparingly by Stevens.
In all three silks, the man's hand has five fingers visible, with the thumb being behind. There is recorded one Stevens silk with the same six finger & thumb hand, and this is obviously very unusual.
Needless to say, both the ship titles and combination of flags and hands are new additions.

John High, in his unpublished work, noted that he had two HATS postcards in his collection comprising a Stevens silk mounted in a Grant card. I have no idea how or why this should have happened, although out of interest I too have a third such card recorded, RMS Baltic, and is recorded as an error.
I mention this as the un-named ship GB / Australian HATS similarly looks to be a Stevens silk in a Grant card.

As with the ships, the HANDS ACROSS THE SEA catalogue has been fully updated, with new titles added and mis-categorised titles moved to Grant.
Of the 470 combinations of ship names, flags and hands, this site currently has 373 images, being 79.4%.

 
  Grant postcards Grant postcards are very easy to identify, as they all have distinctive PRINTED cards. Not any more!!

A new image to this site is RMS CARONIA; a title long recorded but with no image. The important point with this ship is that there is an embossed pattern round the silk opening (in like manner to Stevens cards), but with Grant's name printed on the card.
The essential feature is an embossed anchor in each of the four corners. There are variations for the Irish cards, which have a shamrock design, and the Scottish cards, which have the thistle instead of the anchor.
Both SHIP cards and HANDS ACROSS THE SEA cards have this embossed design, and in order to record these properly, separate categories have been created in the Grant catalogue.

As recorded in the Bibliography, Mark Cottrill, the Chairman of the Stevengraph Collectors Association produced a picture book of the Grant silks. I have been fortunate to now have a copy of that book, and in both working through it, and discussing the various cards with Mark, it is he who directed me to a very important feature of these "anchor embossed" cards. Unlike Stevens cards which just have the embossing round the silk, these Grant cards also have a second embossed rectangle which encloses the whole central pattern.

It is this unique embossed rectangle feature of Grant cards which enabled Mark to also identify yet a third group of Grant Ship postcards. The inner embossing on this final group comprise a flower design with 8-six petal and 4-five petal flowers. All these cards are now recorded, both SHIPS and HANDS ACROSS THE SEA, and again, in their own group.

 
 


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