The First Train

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 220 STG192 25
 

Image of George Stephenson's Locomotion No. 1 steam train and wagons

Words:
Woven on silk:-
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN SILK BY THOMAS STEVENS, INVENTOR AND MANUFACTURER, COVENTRY AND LONDON, (REGISTERED.)

The First Train.
 

Size:
Card-mount:
13.6cm deep by 20.6cm wide

silk:
4.9cm high by 15.1cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
 

by Geoffrey Godden:
This depicts George Stephenson's "Locomotion No. 1" with coal-tender drawing open wagons, two and a half of which are shown. The title was first listed on label 18 of about 1880, but it does not occur on labels issued after 22+17+2 of 1887.
THE FIRST TRAIN is found on type B card-mounts, as shown above.
On some examples the wagons are woven in green silk, not the normal red {brown} silk.
A rare early version of the card-mount has the words "Built by Geo. Stephenson in 1825" under the main title. This version, which I have designated 25a [see st224 on this site], is illustrated as Figure 29 by Mrs LeVan Baker.

Other comments:
Depending on how the silk is mounted, there can be seen between a third and a half coach at the left hand side.

 


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