CURTAIN DESIGNS, BATED xn*«. FROM SHERATON'S "DRAWING-BOOK"
fe&ooned, or draped, and was often of more ornamental material than the curtains. Fringes and tassels would
Another ¡Style that we know from Mr. Halsey to have been widely used was the draping of the heavy curtains over a long gilded arrow or spear, supported as is a curtain pole, across the top of the window, i he curtains hung at the sides in the usual manner. Ihis is the arrangement appearing in the Haverhill Parlour in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum; and indeed the curtaining of all those historic rooms was carefully Studied and will prove an excellent guide. They are illustrated and described in "Houses of Our Ancestors" by R. T. Haines Halsey and Elizabeth Tower.
The materials used were those previously mentioned and in handsome designs and colourings. After 1790 design was of classic character.
Mr. Halsey also tells us that Venetian blinds appeared about 1767.
As the liSts of American silversmiths and pewterers extend to many printed pages, it is rather surprising that the makers of china and glassware were, comparatively, so few. For the moSt part and for the finer grades we relied upon importation, and, as with fabrics, we laid the beSt producing sources under contribution. We all know of the quantities of china brought in our trading-ships from the country that gave the ware its name, and from England and France we secured not only table-ware but fine porcelain vases, figures and ceramic portraits. Many pieces of the patriotic character previously mentioned were made especially for this market.
It is hoped that the authentic furniture and decoration appearing in this volume may give the reader a more adequate idea than he previously possessed of the beauty, the charm, and the dignity of the American home of our forebears.
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