The Quarterly No. 36 - October 2000


British Watermarks: The Watermarks of the Wells Act Books 1378-1819 - Brian Luker

The Act Books are a fourteen volume continuous record of the convocations of the Master and Corporation of the City of Wells in Somerset from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The fact that the records are on paper is somewhat unusual as parchment was the normal medium during this time period. The author examined all the volumes and recorded the twenty different watermarks and several countermarks found in the volumes, all the watermarks are illustrated in the article and two of the countermarks. The papers were found to have originated from Italy, France, the Rhine valley, Holland and England.

9 pages, illustrated, table


Ich Bin Ein Berliner: Hand Papermaking in Berlin - Gandolf Ulbricht

An account of the activities of the author's hand papermaking studio established in 1992 and run in cooperation with a print workshop. Papers are made from many different fibres, but the studio also operates as a means of encouraging the use of paper as an artistic medium in its own right. He also produces artists' books, using an integration of drawing, watermarks and text to spectacular effect.

4 pages, illustrated, tipped in paper sample


Colonel Ironside's 1773 Account of 'Hindostan' Papermaking - Andrew Honey

An account of Indian papermaking which first appeared in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 1774. The interest in this account is that it documents the thriving eighteenth century craft industry before it was decimated by European imports, and shows the use of pure sunn hemp fibre.

4 pages, illustrated, tipped in paper sample


The Metaxas Letters: An Investigation into the Authenticity of a Group of Documents - Part One - Peter Bower

An account of the author's investigation of a collection of eighty-nine letters addressed to Prince Andrew of Greece by his aide-de-camp Menelaos Metaxas between 3 June 1903 and 16 October 1913. The genuineness of the documents had been doubted and a sample had been examined at the University of Oxford Research Laboratory for Archaeology and The History of Art. The findings of this examination contradicted the evidence found within the paper itself and the author was instructed to examine both the papers and the methods of the laboratory.

6 pages, illustrated