The design was embossed into the velvet using hot rollers which is not the same as devoure.
The only known machine in this country which could emboss a design onto velvet, using hot rollers, was owned by John Perry & Co of Offord Road Islington, (now Coles wallpaper). As far as I know the rollers are now at the Museum of London. The Machine was purchase at the 1867 Paris Exposlpition.
These curtains came from the small Gothic Revival church of St Saviour's,Tetbury, built in 1848 for the poor. Designed by the Cheltenham architect Samuel Daukes or Dawkes,, assisted by Auguste W Pugin, then in his mid 30s, and John Hardman. Father Lowder officiated. The main Parish Church in Tetbury had a scarcity of pew seats for renting which prompted the building of a second church, St Saviour's. The church was made redundant in 1973 due to the small size of the congregation and the cost of maintenance.
of scarlet red velvet stamped with a trellis of tudor roses, the top gathered and with original rings on hand sewn tape, lined with red cotton, one seam to each curtain, each 5ft 11 in x 3ft 2 in or 1.80 x 96 cm wide at hem
A little wear to the hem and edges but very good for their age. The main problem is that the red is coming off.
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