Adena Pin Ring Bamboo and Drapery
                                  House Trellis
Bees and Stars Berrien House Trellis
Bixby Vine Blue Hill
Bixby Vine & Drapery Blue Hill Stripe
                                  Rosette Fancy
Coffered Rosette
Fancy Ashlar
Franklin Stripe King Caesar Stripe
Franklin Stripe King Caesar Stripe
Laurel Harlequin Madison Damask
Moses Grant Stripe Net
                                  and Flowerpots Philadelphia Harlequin
Pebbles and Flowerpots Philadelphia Harlequin
Plymouth Ashlar Princ- Rollins Marble
Plymouth Ashlar Prince-Rollins Marble
Ribbon Sprig  


Blue Hill
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French circa 1805-1810

Discovered in the parlor of an 1803 Federal house in Blue Hill, Maine this dramatic pattern is an excellent example of  the melding of two motifs: one, a set of stripes and the other a dense, overall foliate. The concise interplay between these two components, plus the bold use of colors, strongly suggest a French origin.

The paper may have been installed by the original owner, Nathan Hartford, but it is perhaps more likely that the subsequent owner, Matthew Ray, hung it sometime after 1812.

In any event, the paper was covered during an 1840s renovation and not seen again until a re-wiring project in the late 1980s. It is particularly fortunate that the paper was used in conjunction with a border since it was from beneath this border that the undiminished colors of the historic colorway were discovered.

Repeat 9 1/4 inches
Width 19 inches
Straight Match

The historic colorway image above shows two widths of the pattern installed.  Alternate colorway images show one complete width of the pattern.