ANTIQUE: T.H. Saunders Banknote
A lightweight cotton paper for drawing, calligraphy, printmaking and bookbinding.
10 sheet packs
This paper is mould-made - a mechanised process which duplicates some of the characteristics found in handmade paper but with the benefit of improved speed, and greater sheet to sheet consistency
We call this a banknote paper, because at 76gsm, it is lightweight with some translucency when held up to the light. It is very crisp with an impressive rattle and appears to be surface sized, most likely with gelatine making it receptive to wet media including paints and inks.
As part of our experiments into seeing what the paper will do, we entirely saturated one side with heavy drawing ink - there was no bleeding through to the other side. It also retained its surface with no delamination or damage to the surface - this is a particularly tough paper.
This paper also holds a very fine line making it suitable for calligraphy and ink drawing.
We do not know precisely when this paper was made other than it being between 1959 - 1980s.
SOLD IN PACKS OF 10 SHEETS
Colour: Natural White
Size: 21⅜ x 16½ inches, 540 x 415 mm, Large Post.
Grain Direction: Long
Surface: Wove, Hot Pressed (very smooth)
Watermarks: TH SAUNDERS (repeated four times across the sheet)
Deckles: To all four edges.
Uses: Paints, inks, writing, calligraphy, drawing, pencil, bookbinding, relief print, screen printing, marbling,
10 sheet packs are sent rolled in a strong postal tube. Sample sheets are sent folded in an envelope.
Made by one of the most important British papermakers, Thomas Harry Saunders (1813 - 1870) who started a career in paper-making while in his twenties, becoming partner in a paper mill in 1840.
T. H. Saunders, was especially known for his light and shade watermarks, created for various exhibitions in the 1800s, for bank notes and postage stamps for customers in Europe, the British Empire and South America.
Given the importance of Saunders' contribution to British papermaking, there are very few if any records of the day to day running of his papermaking business - it is suspected that the records and archives were destroyed in the 1980s,