Ye Old Crown House

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 640 STG135 46
 

Image of old wooden framed building; pavement curb stones to front only.

Words:
Woven on silk:-
YE OLD CROWN HOUSE

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-

WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY THOMAS STEVENS, COVENTRY.

Ye Old Crown House.

Size:
Card-mount:
cm deep by cm wide

silk:
cm high by cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
Black and white picture of the old Tudor building in Birmingham. 

by Geoffrey Godden:
This small-size landscape silk (approximately 6 1/4inches by 3 3/4inches) shows the Old Crown House, Birmingham, in the traditional half-timbered style. The title is woven in the picture near the bottom right-hand corner and is printed on the card-mount. The title was not included on any standard back-label but examples of this subject are normally affixed to pre-1888 type B card-mounts with a story-label on the back.
This subject was certainly issued by October 1886, for I have a unique presentation copy dated, both on the front of the card-mount and on the label, 24 September 1886. It was sent from Birmingham at that date, and it would seem likely that these silks were sold in Birmingham - perhaps only at the 'Ye Old Crown House'. This would explain why the title is not listed on the standard back-labels.

Other comments:
Usual story label attached to the back of this silk:

image of usual story back label on the picture of the Old Crown House.
Usual story back label

There is a very rare version of this silk which has the curb stones going round a corner and along the left hand side of the building. This is listed as st644 on this site. 

 



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This page was created on 24 February 2006
new image added 28 February 2009, and replaced 10 November 2014, with story back label image added 7 June 2015. Both picture and story back label replaced with better quality images on 20 October 2017 © Peter Daws
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