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Small wallpaper fragment with pattern largely worn away. Appears to be a floral trail or "chintz figures" pattern. Figures in white and shades of blue on dark brown ground. Heavy, wove paper, partial sheets.\n Provenance of the fragment is uncertain. Inscription and attached newspaper clipping identify the fragment as original to the parlor of the original John Hancock House in Quincy, Massachusetts destroyed in 1863. The famously razed John Hancock House was located in Boston. Provenance of paper uncertain.
"Wallpaper from / parlor of John Hancock / house Quincy / Taken by F. G. Bayley / when the house was / demolished / in / 1863" (handwritten)
"Wallpaper Slated / For Benefit Auction / BARNSTABLE, Aug. 24 - A / piece of hand painted wallpaper / from the parlor of the original / John Hancock home in Quincy / is included among the articles being donated throughout Cape / Cod for the old fashioned country / auction to be held at the old / Barnstable Village Schoolhouse..." (Title and excerpt from two paragraph long newspaper clipping.)
9 3/4 x 7 7/8 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bernard Scott