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Bolt Labels

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bolt label from Cocheco Mills showing Grecian woman
with a bolt of cloth, 1866. Her friend seems to be the designer.
Collection of Historic New England

Bolt labels were paper records fixed to fabric telling one the manufacturer and  how many yards were on the bolt among other information. 

https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/capobject/?refd=EP001.01.114.01.02.025

A few more:













We occasionally come across a fragment on a piece of patchwork.



Read more:
http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2010/05/bolt-stamps-bolt-labels-and-selvages.html


And see a Pinterest page on one style: Gilt embossed bolt labels:
https://www.pinterest.com/susanvoake/19thc-textile-labels/
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