James and George Taylor watermark handmade antique paper 1700s
James and George Taylor handmade antique paper 1700s
James and George Taylor handmade antique paper 1700s
Taylor Posthorn watermark handmade antique paper 1700s
Taylor Posthorn watermark handmade antique  paper 1700s
Taylor Posthorn watermark handmade antique paper 1700s
Posthorn watermark
Taylor Posthorn watermark handmade antique paper 1700s

Taylor 'Posthorn' - 1776 to 1790s

Regular price £24.00

HISTORY

The Taylors were an 18th century papermaking family based in and around around Kent, England.

Clement Taylor died in 1776 having worked Poll Mill, just upriver from Turkey Mill and Basted Mill where he apprenticed his sons John, James, George and Clement (jr). 

After his death his sons took over the mills which included Basted, Poll, Upper Tolvil and Old Mill in Hollingbourne which was rented to him by Whatman.

The Paper - Taylor

These papers watermarked as 'Taylor' were made by brothers James and the troublesome George at Poll Mill, the mill worked by their father Clement until his death in 1776.

The GR watermark refers to King George III, George Rex (1738 - 1820). It was a watermark found in papers produced in this era to show that they were of a high enough quality for printing and publishing work.

The posthorn found in the watermark is one of the commonest watermarks and found across Europe since the 14th century. The pattern was presumably intended, at least in later examples, to evoke urgent postal delivery. In its manifestation as 'posthorn in crowned shield', it was a standard pattern (perhaps to donate a standardised size) in papers made in Britain or made elsewhere for the British market from the 17th century onwards. 

The exact date of manufacture is unknown but we estimate it to have been produced somewhere after 1776 and into the 1790s. 

Watermarks  

Sheet #1 - Taylor

Sheet #2 - A crown atop a shield containing a posthorn with a GR monogram below.

Size

375 x 230 mm, 14 3/4 x 9 inches

Condition

Both papers are available in acceptable condition with occasional age related marks. The boundary edges have darkened uniformly through age. 

Weight

Approximately 93 gsm

Surface

Laid (the laid lines are 1 inch apart)