Textile Sample Book Date: 1771 Culture: British Medium: Paper, cloth binding, with attached samples of fustian Dimensions: 9 x 5 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches 22.9 x 13.3 x 7.0 cm Bound pages: 8 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. Classification: Textiles-Sample Books Credit Line: Rogers Fund, Accession Number: 156.4 T31
Textile Sample Book c1771 British Accession Number: 156.4 T31 This sample book was an innovative marketing tool that traveled from Liverpool to New York City on the brigantine Havannah. Its five hundred swatches, made by the Manchester mfg firm of Benjamin & John Bower, represent the type of inexpensive cloth worn by sailors, artisans & enslaved persons. Such textiles, especially the colorful checked & striped examples, were a valuable currency exchanged for enslaved Africans. 7 of 49 pgs.