The Three Edwards Stores were a trio of stores that were located in Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester, with the one store in Syracuse opening in 1889. These were magnificent department stores, with several floors and mezzanine. Does this jog anyone's memories? It does me!
Being offered is a tissue paper pattern for a child's coat. It is VERY old and based on the price of 15 cents, and being in an outer onionskin envelope, my guess is around 1920. As the envelope says, "Made according to commercial standards, on file U. S. Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C."
The pattern pieces are very delicate with no writing on them. They are precut with holes, or perforations on each piece, and depending on their sequence, denotes the direction of cutting the fabric (ie, 3 perforations in a row, cut on lengthwise thread of fabric). The instructions are on the envelope which is placed in the onionskin envelope. The number of the pattern is 819 and for size 6. The onionskin outer envelope has the store's name, cost of 15 cents, and the disclaimer from the Bureau of Standards.
All of the pattern pieces are intact and look to have never been used. The paper envelope is in very nice condition, considering it's age. The outer onionskin envelope has tears along each side but is able to house the pattern. I have put the whole pattern in a plastic envelope, leaving it open so as to not seal it up, possibly damaging it.
This is quite a rare find with very little information about it unearthed.