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SAMPLES OF ANTIQUE & VINTAGE PAPERS

Below are a few samples of rare blank papers in archival sleeves with detailed museum labels. More Information
 
These legendary art papers are no longer made as the historic paper mills were closed, long ago.
 
Once the few remaining sheets of these historic papers are sold they will be gone forever .
Supplies are very limited. Samples are 5x7 inch unless otherwise noted.
As paper is fragile no returns allowed. No choice of position in sheet-watermark.
A fine gift for an artist or collector
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Prices and shipping shown are only for the 50 states- Shipping included on sets - extra for single samples.
SAMPLES OF BLANK ANTIQUE PAPERS
The great paper mills of England have closed & these papers are no longer made. The legendary Hand & Mould Made Papers live on in the fine art.
 
We offer a few sample pieces of rare blank papers for hands on experience for artists, paper collectors & museum reference. Most are sized around 5x7 each.
 
They are in a resealable archival sleeve with detailed museum label listing known details of original sheet: Maker, Size, Weight, Surface, Watermarks, & date made.
 
There may be some toning from age , spots, dents and ruffling of occasional deckles;all part of the character of these great Antique papers.Full watermark only appears on full sheets. Partial watermarks may occur randomly on samples with no choice. Due to the delicate nature of these papers there are no returns allowed.
 
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Set of 3 Antique Hand Made Vellum Papers:
By WHATMAN & J B GREEN
These exquisite vellum papers were hand made with cotton & linen from around 1945 to 1959.
Vellum / parchment papers were made as a substitute for animal hide parchments.
 
When wove paper was introduced in England and France in the late 1700's it was so fine and smooth it became known as paper vellum- originating in France as the term "Paper ve'lin".
 
Paper Vellum also known as vegetable parchment has evenness of surface for delicate work .
 
These rare papers have an exquisitely smooth hot pressed texture. The thinner ones are semi transparent. They are sized for watercolor or ink. The weight is range from 60 to 110 pound The buff colors vary slightly from piece to piece.

 
Photo From left to right:
1959 Light weight Vellum watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND"
1959 Heavy weight vellum watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND"
1945-59 Medium weight vellum on the right watermarked "J Green & Son Hand Made"
.Partial watermarks may occur randomly on samples with no choice. Full watermark only appears on full sheets
 
These rare blank paper samples are all packaged in individual resealable archival bags each with our detailed museum label.
 
Each large sample is 5 x 7 approximately- A great gift for calligraphers.
Antique Vellum Papers Hand -Made in the great paper mills of the past:
Set of 3 samples $44 each set PS 9-11
Price includes Shipping by US Priority Mail - US only
Edges are cut with occasional deckle edge in some sheets. Partial watermarks may occur randomly on samples with no choice
There may be some toning from age , spots, dents and ruffling of occasional deckles;all part of the character of these great Antique papers.  
 
CLICK HERE TO SEE AVAILABLE FULL SHEETS OF Antique Vellum Papers madearound 60+years ago
 
 
  
Set of 3 Antique
Hand Made WHATMAN Papers:Blues & White
These wonderful rare papers were hand made with cotton and linen rag from 1915 to 1931.
 
These papers have a wove texture, hot pressed and are sized. The weight is range from 140 to 220 pound
 
 
Each large sample of these rare papers is
5 x 7 approximately Packaged in individual resealable archival bags each with our detailed museum label.
 
- A great gift for art lovers.
     

 

Photo From left to right: Mid blue paper watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1925 ENGLAND"
Light blue paper is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1915 ENGLAND"
The soft white paper is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1931 ENGLAND"
     
Antique Whatman Hand Made Blue & White blank Papers-
 
Set of 3 samples $36 each set DES 6,8 & PS 7  
Price includes Shipping by Priority Mail - US only
Edges are cut with occasional deckle edge in some sheets. Partial watermarks may occur randomly on samples with no choice
There may be some toning from age , spots, dents and ruffling of occasional deckles;all part of the character of these great Antique papers.
 
  
Set of 4 Whatman Creswic papers:
These legendary buff colored papers in all four textures.
 
They range from light buff to mid buff color and are great for creating warm watercolors, especially figurative work.
 
Right photo left to right: Circa 1931 Rough, 1959 Cold & 1959 Hot pressed.
Photo left: 1931 Linen Texture Semi Rough Creswic Paper- a few few double elephant sheets are available see below.
 
 
Each has a different tone- all sized for watercolour or ink.
 
These rare blank paper samples are all packaged in individual resealable archival bags each with our detailed museum label.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Antique Whatman Hand-made Off White- Buff toned Creswic papers Set of 4:
Cold Pressed 1959, Hot Pressed 1959, Linen texture 1931 and Rough 1931 More information
5x7" Set of 4 samples $48 each set, includes shipping by Priority Mail - US only DES 2, 5 & PS 3, 4
        Samples may randomly have partial watermarks or deckel edges.
 
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Off White- Creswic Hand Made Papers
 
 
      
     

Sample of Whatman Drawing & Painting paper 1952:

We have only a few samples available of this legendary off white hand made paper.
It is cold pressed 210 pound weight. The original size is a double elephant- approximately 28 x 41 inches.
 
Sample is 5 x 7 inches.
 
It's soft cold pressed surface and is sized for watercolour or ink.
 
This blank paper came from Alexander Calder's personal studio supply in the 1950's. (reference studio manager of the time)
 
This rare blank paper sample is 5x7 inches packaged in individual resealable archival bags each with our detailed museum label.
Whatman Handmade 1952 paper from Calder's studio:
Sample Size 5 x 7 inch $16 each DES 1
Price includes Shipping by US Post - US only
Edges are cut with occasional deckle edge in some sheets. Partial watermarks may occur randomly on samples with no choice
There may be some toning from age , spots, dents and ruffling of occasional deckles;all part of the character of these great Antique papers.

The label for the remaining sheets from the quire is shown below.
These precious few sheets were originally from Alexander Calder's studio- gifted by him to his studio manager.
The original size is a double elephant- approximately 28 x 41 inches.
 
  
Set of 4  Artisan Papers by Great British Paper Mills
These Vintage papers are no longer made as the mills closed in the early 1980's.
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These papers were made by artisans for artisans.
 
This is a set of three samples plus one wild card paper of very limited supply.
 
Photo from left to right (3 shown):
1976 Turner gray handmade by J B Green, 1973 DeWint hand made by JB Green, ana 1980s Bodleian Butter Yellow mould made for JB Green at the Wookie Hole Mil.
 
The fourth sample will be Artisan British Paper of similar age. (not shown & our choice)
 
All these Antique papers were made in the historic paper mills are now closed.
 
These large samples of rare papers are 5 x 7 inches each approximately. Each is individually packaged in a resealable archival bag with our detailed museum label.
 
- A great gift for art lovers.
 
 
 
Set of 4 Antique Artisan Papers: $48 each set PS 15-17+_
Price includes Shipping by Priority Mail - US only
Edges are cut with occasional deckle edge in some sheets. Partial watermarks may occur randomly on samples with no choice
There may be some toning from age , spots, dents and ruffling of occasional deckles;all part of the character of these great Antique papers..
Full sheets of these papers are unavailable
 
More about these Antique & Antique J. B. Green & Sons Made Papers
 
Master Set of 24 Antique Paper Samples

Includes all of the sets listed above with 8 additional samples of our scarcer papers

These historic Artisan papers were made in the great British paper mills of the past including Whatman, Wookie Hole and J B Green.

Set of 24 Antique Papers $176 PS 1-24

Includes shipping by US Priority Mail - US only

 

More Recently Made Papers of fine Quality.

we offer a few samples here, though we have no full sheets in stock available. This allows an artist to test a paper before setting out on a quest
Sample of Fabriano Esportazione Hand Made Watercolor paper:
This is considered one of the finest hand made watercolor papers which is still being made in the same mill in Italy.
 
The Fabriano mills were some of the earliest paper makers in Europe and made papers used by DaVinci, Michelangelo and luminaries since then.
 
The C.M. Fabriano Mill only creates this hand-made watercolor paper once a year and are often sold out.
 
Many of my best paintings are on this paper:
 
 
 
140lb Cold Pressed (not hot pressed)-It has a soft texture and a lovely soft white color.
Full sheet is 22 x30 inches (full sheets are unavailable).
Sample is 5x7 inch
 
 
 
 
 

  

Fabriano Esportazione Hand Made Watercolor Paper Sample:

140 Lb. Cold Pressed - sized for watercolor.

SAMPLE 5 x 7 inch $6 each, $2 shipping PS 30
 
Ships Flat by US Post - US only
Edges are cut with occasional deckle edge in some sheets. There may be slight variations in the surface from being hand made as well as slight dents and ruffling of edges.
Partial watermark rarely appears in samples-no choice.Full watermark only appears on full sheets
 
 
 
The watermarks appear on this paper read C.M. FABRIANO (ITALY) HAND MADE
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RWS Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper- Sample
This newer RWS paper was created earlier in this century by John Purcell Paper to the high standards of The Royal Watercolour Society, London England.
 
This carries on the legendary tradition of this high quality RWS paper

This fine watercolour paper isEmbossed "R.W.S".And Watermarked
"Royal Watercolor Society"

It is a heavy 140 Pound Cold (not hot) pressed , the full sheet that this sample if from is Imperial size:(we have no full sheets in stock to offer)
It has Linen content, Gelatin Sized and
Deckle edge -Mould Made in England
 
 
This newer RWS - Not generally available outside England.
this sample is a great way to test the paper berfore importing it.
 
We found this paper to be one of the best papers for our watercolors.  The surface, sizing and linen content gives it an amazing workability similar to the finest J B Green & Whatman papers of the past.
 

  

RWS Watercolor Paper Sample:

140 Lb. Cold Pressed - sized for watercolor.

SAMPLE 5 x 7 inch $4 each, $2 shipping PS 29
Ships Flat by US Post - US only
Edges are cut with occasional deckle edge in some sheets. There may be slight variations in the surface, slight dents and ruffling of edges.
 
RWS embossing & watermark does not appear on sample.  Partial watermark rarely appears in samples-no choice. Full watermark only appears on full sheet

Ruscombe Mill Hand Made Joshua Cristall Linen Watercolor Paper- Sample

This watercolor paper is has been hand made with cotton and a high linen content.
It has one of the highest linen contents of any modern hand made paper we know of.
 
This carries on the legendary tradition of this high quality European watercolor papers.

This fine watercolour paper is hand made in the Ruscombe mill in France. More than any mill they have made strides to revive some of the great papers of the past.

This paper is called "Joshua Cristall" after the great watercolorist (1768 -1847) it is a heavy 140 Pound Cold pressed , the full sheet is approximately 22x29 :
(we have no full sheets in stock to offer at this time) The sample is 5x7 inches
It is gelatin sized and loft dried.

The high linen content gives this paper a strong re -workable surface similar to the finest pre 1940s J B Green & Whatman papers of the past. Colors stay more crisply on the surface on high content linen paper.
 
 
This paper is not generally available in the US -this sample is a great way to test the paper berfore importing it.
Being high linen content it is a very dynamic paper and should be soaked & fastened down to keep it flat whilst working. It becomes flatter as it dries in the stretching process.
 

  

Ruscombe Watercolor Paper Sample:

"Joshua Cristall" 140 Lb. Cold Pressed - sized for watercolor.

SAMPLE 5 x 7 inch $6 each, $2 shipping PS 26
Ships Flat by US Post - US only
Edges are cut with occasional deckle edge in some sheets.
There may be slight variations in the surface due to hand making, slight dents and ruffling of edges.
 
RWS embossing & watermark does not appear on sample.  Partial watermark rarely appears in samples-no choice. Full watermark only appears on full sheet
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OF FINE Antique PAPERS:

 
 
Antique WHATMAN WATERCOLOR PAPER
 
 
Antique CRISBROOK CRISBROOK HAND-MADE PRINT PAPER
 
 

 

 

Antique Whatman Creswic Hand Made Paper

 

 

Antique Vellum Papers for Calligraphy
 
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