We sell Stevengraphs – also Grants, Neyret, Brocklehurst Whiston and silk weavings by other manufacturers – including silk woven postcards and bookmarks. Browsers are most welcome. This website only contains a small selection of silk weavings for sale – we have many many more – please contact us if you want a full list or have any special requests.
We collect and we sell silk weavings. We bought our first Stevengraph in the 1960s. In the early years when we bought in auction and privately, we found we had duplicates and began to sell these to other collectors to support our own collecting habit. Over the years we have concentrated our collecting to specific items but have continued to offer a service for collectors all over the world. Although we have been offering silks for sale over the last 50 years, to keep pace with the electronic age we started this website in 2006. Our philosophy is fairly simple – we wish fellow collectors to be completely satisfied with their purchase and offer a no quibble return service. All our prices include postage – what you see is what you pay. We have extensive (but not complete) knowledge of these charming weavings – if you have any questions, please ask. We are always interested in buying individual silks or collections. For collectors old and new, please spend a little time to browse and perhaps you may find something of interest – happy hunting!
BOOKS (all compiled by Mark Cottrill)
STEVENGRAPHS IN COLOUR – Compiled by Mark Cottrill
Published in October 2011, this is the first new book about Stevengraphs for 40 years and lists all the known portrait and scenic Stevengraphs including many previously unrecorded items. It contains a short biography of Thomas Stevens written by his great niece in 1960. 160 pages with 366 colour images. 8×10 inches. Available in soft or hard cover versions.
THE SILK WEAVINGS OF WILLIAM HENRY GRANT
Published in 2012, the first ever book to list all the known weavings made by the Grant Company. Profusely illustrated in colour, it features portraits, scenes, postcards, Exhibition weavings, personal family cards, calendars and much more .. 94 pages
THE SILK WOVEN BOOKMARKS OF THOMAS STEVENS
Published in 2015 – the definitive colour illustrated catalogue of all recorded bookmarks produced by the Stevens Company. 160 pages with text and index. An invaluable research book. 160 pages
For more details, availability and prices, please send a request via the contact page.
In the 1860s Thomas Stevens successfully adapted the Jacquard loom to produce a wide range of silk woven items, the most famous being STEVENGRAPHS. The word ‘Stevengraph’ originally referred to the woven bookmarks but now it applies to the woven silk pictures mounted in cardboard mounts. The pieces were most often sold as wall pictures. Stevengraphs sales really started in 1879, at the York Exhibition, where an operating loom produced the pictures that could be purchased by the public at one shilling each. There are approximately 160 different designs which covers a wide range of Victorian life. Stevens also produced hundreds of bookmark designs (over 900), many varieties of postcards, valentines, handerkerchief boxes, needles cases and the like. Many of the bookmarks date from the 1860s. Very few designs were issued after 1910 and production came to an abrupt halt in 1940 when the factory was destroyed during the Coventry blitz. Stevens was not the only firm to produce bookmarks and pictures (but was the most famous). Several other firms wove similar products, including WH Grant, Dalton and Barton, Welch and Lenton, Bollans and J & J Cash in England, and Continental (Neyret, Deffrene, Kriegler etc) and American (various Paterson weavers) companies are well represented in our collections. There has been a recent tendency for ‘Stevengraph’ to become a generic word for any silk woven item, whatever the manufacturer.
about collecting Stevengraphs….
There are Stevengraph collectors all over the world. In 1954. the Stevengraph Collectors Association was founded by Lewis Smith in the USA to provide a forum for members to learn more about and exchange information regarding Stevengraphs. Over the year the Association has compiled an informational archive regarding the history,origin, authenticity, availability, and value of Stevengraphs. Information on joining and a sample newsletter can be obtained by contacting us on this site (just leave a message on the contact page). Other information is available on websites run by SCA members as follows:
We welcome your application to join the Association. As our founder, Lew Smith, used to say “Stevengraph collectors are the nicest people”.
Other links that may be helpful include:
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Mark & Liz