Victorian Papier Mache Portfolio or Blotter - image 1 of 7

The purpose of these blotters or portfolios was to blot the ink on freshly penned letters, as well as keep paper items safe and handy.

The cover of this one has an architectural theme with arches worked in mother of pearl along with other ornamentation including urns and hanging flower basket, as well as two peacocks. The back has a gilt rose.

The material is papier mache; the lining is a shantung type fabric, which may not be the original.

This one retains some of the original owner's materials, including a lovely practice sheet of penmanship, and a letter from the Bordentown Female Seminary.

Probably English, ca. 1860.

Size: Approximately 9" x 12".

Condition: Heavy deep crazing/crackling. Some losses to mother of pearl including one urn,

Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, returns are no problem if I happen to miss anything.

ITEM ID
1095
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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Victorian Papier Mache Portfolio or Blotter

$88

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