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Two floral flocked border fragments from the Abraham Capen House in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Dark red dahlia flowers framed by a yellow cartouche. Block-printed in orange, yellow and maroon with olive and red flocking overprinted in green, blue, black, red and light brown. White ground.
borders (ornament areas)
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
"Border of parlor / Abraham Capen / S[?] / 1840" (handwritten)
"From old Abraham Capen house / Dorchester, Mass. / (Given me by lawyer Harold Nash of Dedham / executor of estate)" (handwritten)
"From Abraham Capen house / Dorchester / Early border paper / Excellent color" (handwritten)
"Beautiful border / paper with flock / effect - from old / house in Dorchester, Mass" (handwritten)
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
4 3/8 x 18 1/8 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bernard Scott