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Smellie, William.

William Smellie notebook on weaving.

Hamilton, Scotland, 1693-ca. 1767.
Physical Description:
1 volume : ill. ; 17 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process TS1490 .S64 1693
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Bound in simple leather wallet, with string tie.
The two burgess tickets are on vellum.
Pocket notebook compiled by William Smellie (d. ca. 1756?), weaver, of the Scottish lowland town of Hamilton, south east of Glasgow. It includes twelve simple diagrams for weaving patterns together with miscellaneous notes recording different fabric purchases and sales with prices. The notebook is accompanied by two manuscript burgess tickets, one for William Smellie, dated 1693, and another for John Smellie, dated 1732, presumably a son who may have used the book after his father's death.
Subject Terms:
Hand weaving -- Great Britain.
Hand weaving -- Patterns.
Merchants -- Great Britain.
Smellie, John.
Smellie, William.
Textile fabrics -- Great Britain.
Weavers -- Great Britain.
Weaving -- Great Britain.
Weaving -- Patterns.
Pattern books.
Burgess tickets.

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