This small figured pattern was installed in
the library of Thomas Worthington's house,
Adena, in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1808. The paper
was purchased by Worthington's brother-in-law
from Thomas & Caldcleugh, a Baltimore
stationer and paperhanging manufacturer. We
know from advertisements in Baltimore
newspapers that Thomas and Caldcleugh
purchased much of their stock from Thomas
Hurley's manufactory in Philadelphia.
This pattern's simple geometry was described
by Mr. Thomas as a "late fashionable piece"
which was "plain and neat." Neat was defined
at that time as "characterized by elegance of
form or arrangement, with freedom from all
unnecessary additions or embellishments; of
agreeable but simple appearance; nicely made
This was probably the "common paper" listed
in an 1808 invoice in Adena's records; if so
we know it was fairly inexpensive. Another
example of this pattern resides in the
Winterthur library as a cover for the Abraham
Rex 1806 daybook.
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper
Hangings by the Ohio Historical Society.
Repeat 7 inches
Width 21 inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed.
Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.