This Stevengraph bookmark has a beautiful hymn written by Nahum Tate (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1652; d. Southwark, London, England, 1715). It was first published in 1700 in a supplement to the New Version of the Psalms by Tate and Nicholas Brady. It later appeared in a 1702 supplement as it exists here in 6 stanzas of 4 lines and is credited to be published in an amazing 953 different hymnals. The top 1 1/4" portion contains a scrolling decoration of flowers and leaves with the title. Below that you find an approx. 3 1/4" containing the 6 stanzas each separated by a horizontal line of floral decor. At the base of the bookmark you find a 1 3/4 area containing a somewhat Christian Coat of Arms.
The bookmark has some very light soiling as can be seen in the photos with the most noticeable spot above the Chr in Christmas. None of the silk creating the wording or decor is snagged or missing. The backside has areas of horizontal loose threads original to manufacture that I am reporting to be accurate. The edge borders are intact and the bottom triangle is secure in it's fold down. There is no shredding or holes in the background silk fabric. The last photo shows the top border is no longer glued in place. It contains the T. Stevens and Coventry mark as well as an un-known MANF=R. The bookmark measures approx. 6 1/2" long x 1 3/4" wide. There is no tassel or evidence that there ever was one. I did read on one of the websites not all Stevengraph bookmarks were tasseled.
PLEASE NOTE: In our Favorite Links located on the right below the Email Shop button on our home page are 2 Stevengraph websites. The one quoted below as well as another that has some additional info including a link to the Stevengraph Collectors Association.
*****The following quote came from a website specializing in Stevengraph items.*****
"The information contained in these listings was initially derived from Geoffrey Godden's book Stevengraphs and other Victorian silk pictures. The late John High, a then member of the Stevengraph Collectors Association, very kindly gave me access to his un-published lists. Thomas Stevens invented the title "STEVENGRAPH", and the first recorded use of this title was on the paper backing label of his woven silk bookmarks, in 1876. Stevens also later named his factory in Coventry, "Stevengraph Works" and this again first appears on the bookmark backing label of 1878 - 1880. Today it is assumed the Stevengraph title applies only to his woven silk pictures. As these however did not appear until May 1879, it is evident Stevens intended the title to include his silk bookmarks, portraits and postcards, as well as his pictures. The key dates are: Bookmarks - first Stevens bookmark registered May 1862. Pictures - first scenic picture registered in May 1879 (though possibly first made 1874 ). Portraits - first Stevens portraits appear in early 1886. Postcards - first appear in July 1903 (although sold by R.T. Morgan)."
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