This was a Gainsbrough Lincolnshire Wallpaper that was used at my father-in-laws.
Having spent a long time in the decorating business Stephen has collected old pattern books from the 19th century and other old wallpapering pamphlets and tools.
’18 years ago I bought these patterns books in a second hand shop for 15 or 20 pounds. I have been in the wallpaper trade for 40 yearsand I am interested in William Morris, so I was interested in the books . I also pick up old books for wallpapering .
I remember before the 1960’s the wallpaper in the dado would often be varnished and woodwork would be done in dark stain.
Funny stories? Hmm .. once I was not able to get a paper with diagonal stripes so I had to hang horizontal paper at 60 degree angles to get diagonal stripes. that was interesting.
I also remember with large scenic designs where the selvage did not meet we used to paint in birds etc.
I also created marble effect walls.’
Seam roller – used to put down the edges of wallpaper
Piecing together the fragments to get a larger area of pattern is very exciting.
Here are a few mysteries that have been partially solved: