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How I’ve Organized My Leather Bookmarks

January 18, 2012

How one arranges their leather bookmarks depends on how many of each variety are in the collection. In my collection the thick, printed leather strips are dominant. They are fringed at the bottom and measure 9 In. long and vary from 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 In. wide. Since there are over 100 of these in my collection I have separated them into the following groups. Decorative Italian,  Advertising,  People, Places, Things. This common style of bookmarks ise widely available in Europe at this time.

Fringed, Printed, Leather strips.   Decorative Italian

Only the powder blue bookmark has any specific identity namely Venezia or Venice. The #3 and #4  bookmark have a nautical motif while the other two have attractive decorations without meaning to me. These are all 9 X 1 1/8 In.

Here are some Advertising bookmarks of this variety.

The first in red pictures Harrod’s famous department store.   #2 has us remembering the great Glenfiddich Scotch whiskey.   #3 F. Walkley Ltd. is a  maker of Clogs.   #4 OOPS! The Overlord Embroidery appears to be a famous piece of embroidery work rather than a manufacturer. The Harrods piece is of the narrow variety while the others are 9 In. X 1 1/2 In.

Now lets look at some People.

Sir Roger de Crumpington is first. Then comes the beloved  William Shakespeare. St. Thomas Beckett is third in line with Lady Alianore de Bohun on the fourth bookmark.

Here is another group of People.

This first bookmark depicts King Henry the VIII and his wives.      The second bookmark shows a representation of Sir Giles Daubeney.   Third in the row is King Robert the Bruce. The fourth bookmark is of Mary Queen of Scots.

Now lets look at some some Places. 

In the first position we have a souvenir  Kings College at Cambridge with views of the chapel. The second place is held by by a depiction of Blair castle. Eaton College is shown in the third position with depiction of Lupton’s Tower. The fourth bookmark represents Sandringham , home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Here are some more places.

The first bookmark represents castle Howard in York while #2 shows London;s Bridge and area of interest. The third bookmark is a souvenir of The Bodlean Library in Oxford. Fourth and last of the places is a souvenir of Buckingham palace.

Now for someThings represented on fringed bookmarks.

The first item shows the Whitbread Shire horses at the brewery.   The second bookmark shows some of the wildlife of Wales.   #3 is a depiction of wild flowers of England.   The fourth fringed bookmark displays some of Bermuda’s wild flowers.

Here are some more Things depicted on this  type of bookmarks.

The pictures of horses in the #1 position has no identity.   The second bookmark show some Scottish wildflowers.   The third bookmark has a design copied from a Viking knife in York.   Fourth and last of the fringed bookmarks represents seashore birds of the British Isles.

 Variants of Fringed Leather bookmarks.

Here are some example of Fringed Leather bookmarks that are different from the previous group. These tend to be much older, may be fringed both top and bottom, may be semi rigid or very soft pliable leather or even Faux leather or plastic. The measurements vary widely.

The first example from St. Nicholas’ Church Dersingham Norfolk is actually plastic with uncut fringe lines.(7 3/8 X 1 5/8 In.).    The second piece is heavy, embossed card stock, with uncut fringe with a folded six inch extension with a metal page clip. The embossed decorative pattern is in the style of the old Italian bookmarks to be seen later. Folded it measures 10 1/2 In. long X 3/4 In. wide. When  it’s opened to it’s full length it is 14 1/2 In. long. On the outer most fold it is marked ESLANE Clip Bookmark Patent #2096354.      The Princeton bookmark is very thin , soft leather and fringed top and bottom. The condition argues for age or very hard use. I believe it is age.     The fourth item is double fringed and textured With the statement ” I’ll keep it for you.”     The last bookmark with a beveled bottom fringe is a nice souvenir of Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia. Maximum length is 8 1/4 In. by 1 1/2 In. wide.

Here are a few more Variant  of Fringed Leather bookmarks.

This first bookmark is very soft leather with hand decoration that suggests a craft project. Iy is very pleasant to use. 7 1/4 In. X 1 In. The second piece is Faux leather heavy card stock with uncut fringe marks.This type usually shows much damage to the face as the surface chips quit easily. The third item is light plastic with uncut fringe. Made in Hong  Kong is stamped on the back.

Suede Leather Bookmarks

This is another quite common bookmark. Made of the soft pliable suede it has been popular as souvenirs since the 1930s. The enlarged top is the most common but it is found in  forms without the enlarged top.

Here are some Suede leather bookmarks.

The Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River is the subject of this first suede leather bookmark. It measures 9 1/2 In. X  1 1/4 In. wide and  2 1/4 In. at it’s widest  area. This is quite old probably no later than the 1940s.    The middle item is a souvenir of Boothill  cemetery at Tombstone Arizona. ( In. X 1 1/4 In.) Note that the bottom is fringed and that the text and images were stamped on the surface.     The third item is an image of the Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland Ohio. Careful inspection show this as a well made, embossed Faux leather piece. This is probably from the late 1940s or 1950s.

Here are more of the Suede Leather bookmarks.

These souvenirs of Asbury Park NJ and Gettysburg PA are probably from the 70s, 80 or 90s. They are just slightly shorter than the previous three.

More types of Suede Leather bookmarks

The bookmark from Portland ME is from 1950 to 1960 while the California book mark is 1930 or 40s. It is possibly a craft effort.

More types of Suede Leather bookmarks

  The printing and paint application argue for more recent vintage. the first and third are 8 In. X 1 1/2 In. The middle bookmark of Hershey Park PA is 9 3/4 In X 2 In.

Suede Leather bookmarks with added ornamentation.

The Cripple Creek of Colorado bookmark is thin light leather but not actually suede. It is included here because of it’s form. It is 8 In. X  2 In. at it’s widest  and 1 In wide for the leather strip.     The Canadian item in the middle is embossed Faux leather with a plastic Maple leaf and a page clip in the middle of the faux leather strip. The leaf area is 2 1/8 In. wide and the strip is 1 1/2 In. wide and the length is 9 in.    The bookmark with the Indian bead work is 1 1/4 In wide for the strip and 2 1/4 In. wide at the top. The overall length is 9 3/4 In. all of these appear to be of recent origin.

Leather Bookmarks with Page Clips

Using a page clip is a nice touch for a bookmark as it adds stability to hold  the page .   The first is Made in England and bears the message “Here I fell asleep.” It is well made of thin leather and the two pieces are held together by stitching. Overall length is 8 In.           The second is a souvenir of Bermuda and has the message “I’m coming back!” There is a nice picture of a Bermuda Clipper with a date of 1855. Stitching holds the pieces together.  Length 6 1/4 In.    The third example  has the same unadorned appearance as the first one. It bears the message “I’ll keep the place.” The length is 7 In.

Old Italian Style

A.W. Coysh* shows one of this style of bookmark which he had found in an old book from 1785. A leather expert felt it was of later origin about the mid 1800s. It was marked from Italy. It was embosed in a similar and had an attached medallion.  *

*A.W. Coysh ” Collecting Bookmarkers” David and Charles: Newton Abbot London Vancouver 1974.

The first example is simply decorative. It is made of fine soft leather and marked Italy. All of the decorations are embossed. Condition seems to indicate recent origin.    The second piece is heavily embossed faux leather (heavy card) that appears somewhat older than the first item. The medallion bears an image of a Wolf standing on it’s hind legs. (Or is it a Lion?) Made  in Italy. Both measure about 9 In. in length.

Parchment Bookmarks

First is a Hindu image received from a traveler from India. I was assured it was a bookmark. It is from the 1970s. It is 3 3/4 In in length.      The next piece is hand crafted from the Pennsylvania Duch area. It carved with a very small sharp blade. It was probably intended as a Valentine but being found in an old book in Lancaster PA it became a bookmark! It is 3 3/4 In. high and 2 1/2 In. wide.  It is probably from the early 1800s.

Miscellaneous Leather Bookmarks

This conglomeration of bookmarks will not be described in great detail except for unusual point.

This first bookmark is a souvenir from Florida’s Singing Tower as claimed on the top  metal medallion. 9 1/4 In. long.    The picture frame bookmark is 12 1/4 In. long. The third bookmark is from Niagara Falls Canada. It is 10 In. long.

More Miscellaneous Leather Bookmarks

First is an embossed plastic bookmark.  It is 6 1/2 In long.Second is faux leather heavy cardlightly embossed. The length is 6 Inches. Third is a souvenir of Canada. Vert nice leather with an applied leather Maple leaf. It is 6 1/4 In. long.

More Miscellaneous Leather Bookmarks

These are all leather and the text is self explanatory. Lengths are  10 In., 9 In. and 7 In. The first one has a brass piece at the top.

Here are a few more Miscellaneous Leather Bookmarks.

These are all poor examples of faux leather bookmarks.  Made of medium weight card the degrade rapidly.  ( I have discarded three already. These are in good condition.)    The first example is from the College of St. Elizabeth. The date of 1899 to 1979 suggests this was made for use in 1979.   The second item is a simple religious motto.    The third is a souvenir of the transfer of the US Navy ship USS Saratoga from one captain to the new command. (October 1981)  The inexpensive construction suggests that these bookmarks were intended as a Give away souvenir.

To those who have looked and enjoyed  I say  thank you! To collectors I suggest that you add a few leathers to your collections. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Gifts From Friends

January 3, 2012

Living in a retirement community is quite different than I expected. There is pleasant socializing especially at meal time. With less than 100 people there is an opportunity get to know everyone. Some more so and some less.

We have a residents council that meets once a month and after the meeting people are encouraged to share their hobbies. I presented a  sample of my bookmarks and was surprised at the level of interest. As usual no one had ever heard of a bookmark collection! Ever since that day I have been receiving bookmarks from a number of the residents. I do try to encourage them to keep and use these nice pieces. Most explain they never use them and they just lay lost in in the bottom of a drawer. Now some even have their children bring them when they visit! These bookmarks are of metal and paper for the most part and I am thankful for their generous gifts.

Paper and Card Stock Bookmarks

This beautiful religious card stock bookmark was from H.W. and has a white metal Lighthouse lapel pin attached to it. Note the small lighthouse pin near the bottom of the Lighthouse picture.  Thank you H.W. for this unique piece!


Here are some more nice paper bookmarks.

Here are three beautiful bookmarks from Point Lobos California The reverse sides are shown next.

OOPS! Octavia is a bookstore in New Orleans! It is NOT at Point Lobos! These and the next are all from K.F and M.F. daughter. She brought them with her on a recent visit.  Thank you so much!

Here are more from the same young lady.Here are two different bookmarks from The Maple Street Bookshops in New Orleans.

  Is The Phoenix a bookstore in Big Sur CA.? I’ll have to do a little research on this one.  The Four-Eyed Frog is a bookstore in Gualala CA Both are pleasant designs and from the same young lady of the previous bookmarks.

Here are a couple more from the daughter of K.F. & M.F. These were done by The Mouth and Foot Artists. Thank you for all of these nice additions to my collection!


The next group of three is from family. J.M. & T.B. Thank you!

The first item is a quote from Shelley with a drawing of the poet. The reverse is a fine print advertisement of “Everyman’s Library” a series of many reprinted books produced by J.M. Dent & Sons of London.

The black leather bookmark is a souvenir of Kings College Cambridge England. There is a view of the chapel. Similar bookmarks are almost always available at most sites of interest in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Thank you J.M.!

The third bookmark in red is a very nice craft piece made by T.B. with calligraphy by an artist C.J. Thank you T.B.!


This bookmark of the Planets is from an unnamed neighbor of T.B. & J.M.

The front shows the relative size of each planet while the reverse indicates the statistics for each of these bodies. It is a new bookmark as indicated by the absence of Pluto which was recently declared a non-planet.


Here is an interesting bookmark that is part advertisement and part part message of self improvement.

I was surprised to be approached while eating at a local bistro. I had seen this man around and knew he was a local businessman. He asked if I would like this bookmark! I was happy to accept. Thank you Mr. M. for you thoughtful gift!


Here is one last card stock bookmark from an old friend R.P. from one of her trips to Bermuda. Thank you R.P.!


Here are  some metal bookmarks I have recently received as gifts.

The first is a TV Guide promotional bookmark made of stainless steel. Thank you K. &M. F.

The middle  bookmark is made of polished brass and depicts Tohkou University in Sendai Japan. Windows, trees, text and sky are all (cutout) filigree  Thank you J.B. for this lovely gift!

The third item is enamel on brass with extensive filigree work and a textured brass frame. Again thanks to k. & M. F. for this lovely piece!

Here are two promotional brass bookmarks from TV Guide. They are sent through the mail to customers or as an inducement to subscribe.The third item is a dove with an olive branch.  These nice pieces are from C.m. Thank you!

The Robin, Santa and butterfly are from Taiwan. Santa’s blade is so reflective that the scanner records it as black.The blades are filigreed . These are more great gifts from C.M. Thanks again C.M.!

That surely is enough for this post! I intend to get serious again with my  posting and discuss leather bookmarks next time.  Thanks for coming by!

Some Recent Additions-Wood, Bone, metal & Plastic

December 19, 2011

A few plastic bookmarks

The first bookmark is from a recent purchase of a group 24. They were about half from N.Y. and the rest from the U.K. The reverse of Cancer Research UK has the simple statement “REMINDER”.

The Poole piano bookmark is similar to another in the collection but includes a Patent date of 1905 by Whitehead & Hoag  Co.The reverse has a stamped dealers name.

The ruler/bookmark by the Olive Oil Importer  has calendars for 1939, 1940 &1941 on the reverse.

Metal Bookmarks

The first is a gold plated Merry Go Round pony. The shinny surface reflects the scanner light and makes the object appear black.  1 in wide and 3 In. long.

The rooster is a replica of a weather vane. This is a common subject of a group in NY state called something like “The Hoosotonic artists.” Made of brass it measures 5/1/2 In. long and 1 1/2 In wide.

This third bookmark is a very common base but has an applied cat as an added decoration. The usual format is Initials cut in the smaller (secondary) blade. 2 1/2 In long by 1 In wide.

More Metal Bookmarks

This is another well known style of bookmark and has been around for a log while. The Chinese  characters represent Life, Good Luck and Prosperity. They rarely vary in shape but in finish and some lack a translation. The blades of these are textured which is uncommon.  2 1/4 In long. by 3/4 In. wide.

The first of these two sterling bookmarks bears the makers name as Custer and 925 Silver. It appears to be hand made.  The subject seems to be a fanciful bird hand cut out from the secondary blade with extensive etching over the whole bookmark. 2 In. long 3/4 In. Wide.

The second bookmark is marked LM encircled by Made in Mexico 925. At first I thought it was a cat but I now believe it is an Owl. 4 In. long by 3/4 In. wide.

Hand Carver Bookmarks

The first bookmark bears a Japan mark that is probably pre WWII. The art work looks more like a North West Totem poles but perhaps there is a Japanese equivalent. Made of bone.  3 3/4 In. long  by 1/2 In. wide.

The second bookmark claims to be made from Camel bone. The bust is supposed to be Cleopatra. It is bone and is hand worked to a very fine finish.. Age? Who knows. 5 In. Long by 3/4 In wide.

The third carving is made of wood  (spruce?) and shows an old man. The card it was attached claimed “Hand carved by “Canadian Carver”. 4 1/4 In. long and 3/4 In. Wide.

What appears to be a well carved Scottie dog sits atop this bookmark. It appears to be carved from redwood. The back is marked on the back in ink Pet II or Pat II.

Here is an Interesting  Fabric Bookmark

This 2010 Boy Scout Bookmark is leather on the front with a rendering of part of a Norman Rockwell painting. The reverse side is fabric and machine stitched. It measures 6 1/4 In Long and 1 1/2 In. wide. Here is the reverse side that declares the date.

Very nice machine embroidery and stitching along the margins.

Well, that’s about it for today. If you have questions or comments pleas let me know.

It Has Been Too Long Since My Last Post!!

December 12, 2011

October is little more than a blur in my mind. Thirty five days in Mercy Hospital! Now learning to walk again with a walker! Slowly the muscles are learning to do work again and I can sit at the computer with some ease. So, just to warm up again I thought I present some recent acquisitions.

I’m not sure why I bought these but I was somewhat intrigued by the Presidents and fish. The older Christmas Seal bookmark reminded me of selling Christmas Seals from our little country school as a boy. The bookmarks were very reasonably priced.

Here are some more.This set of eight came from Current Inc. Colorado Springs CO 80941. They arrived on pre-cut sheets from which they were removed without damage. The first four the first four I considered Food Philosophy and the next four Friendship Philosophy.  They make nice sets if that is one’s interest. They are stiff card stock with a glossy finish.

Here are some more.These are presentations of three Tiffany windows. The first is from a domestic window, the second from a skylight and the third from the Frank memorial window. The back text indicates this is part of a set of twelve that was produced by Dover Publications.

Here a coupe of interesting bookmarks from Hollywood.

I may have already shown a newer example of this bookmark, Note that address includes a postal zone rather than the modern  Zip code. This was a very busy and successful bookstore where one could almost always spot an actor or actress browsing the shelves.Now for some other new arrivals.

Four clever bookmarks that came in an appeal for support of St. Jude Hospital for children. Who could resist an appeal that includes bookmarks!

Now for a few bookmarks from the Iowa City IA area.

Hawkeye Insurance program for Children. (In this University  town every thing is named Hawkeye! ) The second bookmark has the 75th anniversary sticker attached. This is  bright clean and well organized used bookstore. Prairie Lights is an excellent  book store dealing only in new books. It frequently has authors to talk about their writing and perhaps read from their work.

More local bookmarks.

The first bookmark celebrates President Obama on his visit to the Prairie Lights store before he was elected President..  Murphy-Brookfield is another great used bookstore.

That is enough for paper and card stock bookmarks today.In the next post we will look at some metal, wood, bone and plastic bookmarks that have arrived over the last two months. Thanks for stopping by!

The Ribbon Finale !

September 25, 2011

The organization of ribbons has been a bit long and perhaps tedious. I promise to try to be less tedious in describing other group organizations.  A little note on soiling on ribbons. My experience on removing wrinkles and soil has been a disaster! So if you see wrinkles and soil know that I am ignoring it!

So, lets go to the next type of ribbons.  Ribbons incorporating needlework.

                                                          Ribbons incorporating needlework.

In this piece the ribbon has been worked into a beautiful pattern of crocheting and the use of multi-color yarn increases the texture of the design. The crocheted cross measures 3 1/2 X 4 1/2 inches with the ribbons extending an inch or slightly more beyond the crochet work. This was found in the needlework area of an antique shop a few years ago. Below are more examples.

                                                         Ribbons incorporating needlework.

Perhaps it should read Needlework incorporating ribbons. It may be splitting hairs but it does seem a bit more accurate.

The first piece has the ribbon attached tho the back of the crocheting with a few stitches. The red ribbon is held in place with a series of chain crochet loops. The ends of the ribbons have been folded down and stitched with thread for neatness. The third piece is a simple piece of yellow ribbon with a delicate bit of tatting brought around it. Simple but delightful.

Now we come to pure needlework.

                                                                              Needlework ribbons

Technically these are not ribbons but I include them in the group because they are thread or yarn materials. The two pink and red bookmarks are a form of tatting while the yellow cross is crochet work.. All were purchased on eBay in the last few years.

Here are some more examples.

                                                                            Needlework ribbons

This first one is a bit misplaced as it is crochet attached to bit of woven silk ribbon. ( It really should be with the Ribbons incorporating needle work.) Yes, i do slip up occasionally! It has  the symbols of the International Order of Odd Fellows.  The text says “Past Grand O.F.”  This was found in an old bookstore in Pennsylvania a long time ago. The second piece is pure needlework on fabric. This delicate work must have been done with the aid of a magnifying glass! This arrived in a mixed group of bookmarks and almost was lost in the mix. When I finally picked it up I realized it was a remarkable piece of art. The third item is pure crochet and came in the same group as the previous piece.

Last here are examples of perforated card needlework on ribbon.  This is actually needlework on perforated card which is then placed on a ribbon.It is a sub category because it was a part of an important craft activity from the 1830s even into early 1900s. It continues even today but in a very minor way. While bookmarks were only a simple form of this craft they have survived time better than the larger and more elaborate items. Their survival as probably due to the simple flat structure and their inclusion in books where they may have been unnoticed for years. The more elaborate perforated card crafts were shaped like houses, churches, boxes and even animals. Time must have been less kind to them.                                          Victorian Craft of Perforated Card Needlework on Ribbon

This is an exceptional example as all of the text and goblet was made by sewing silver beads on the card. only the red areas are made of yarn. At 11 1/2 X 3 1/2 In. in size and being a religious theme it was probably a Bible bookmark. This was an internet purchase a few years ago.

Here a few more fairly typical examples.

                                        Victorian Craft of Perforated Card Needlework on Ribbon

The first one is unique in that it has a few steel beads included in the work. ( Five above the cross and two by the Bible) It was also protected as the ribbon is in such good condition.  The second ribbon celebrates The Independent Order of Odd Fellows. FLT stands for Friendship Love and Truth.  The third example is well executed and is quite typical of this kind of work. The fineness of the perforation mark these as fairly early work as later work was often done on pre-printed card stock with fewer and larger perforations.  The source was bookstores  and antique stores. All three are 2 In. wide and have been trimmed to about 7 1/4 In. long. (The ends were dirty and ragged from sticking out of the pages of books. I avoid trimming now.)

As a last example here is a true artists effort. A simple line drawing on paper is followed with yarn in simple stitches.                                                         Simple Hand Made Punch Paper Stitchery

There is a beauty in this totally self designed and created ribbon that appeals to me.  I especially like the touch of the little bows at the corners of the paper. No hot glue gun in this project! Was this the effort of a child? I wonder. This came from the purchase of a group of several of the Victorian perforated card ribbons. just a couple of years ago. It measures 2 In. X 10 1/2 In. including the ragged and soiled ends.

Well, that is it for ribbons. There are many more to see but it will have to wait until my Photo Gallery is complete.

What next? I’m not quite sure. It may depend on my light source for my camera stand. So many thing just do not work in the scanner.

Hope to see you again soon!

Organizing Ribbon Bookmarks- Part Two.

September 20, 2011

In the last post I had a problem with sizing the bookmark pictures. The images were too large for the machine printed ribbons and the hand painted examples as well.  So here are some ribbons with decorative attachments. That is, the attachments are primarily for  appearance or decoration. I hope I can get the size about right this time !!

                                                          Ribbon Bookmarks With Decorative  Attachments

# 1                             #2                                     #3                                             #4                                      #5

Though these are considered decorative attachments they do function to keep the ribbon from slipping down into the pages.  #1 was purchased new at a Boarders store 9 years ago and measures 1 X  9 1/2 In.  #2. was purchase at a seaside gift shop in Maryland some 35 years ago. It is 1/2 X 10 3/4 In. #3 is from Boarders 9 years ago and measures  1 X 11 inches.  #4 is 7/8 X 13 1/2 In. The leather decoration is 2 1/4 X  1 3/4 In. It came from an old book store in the 1980s. #5  came with a group of bookmarks from eBay about 4 years ago. The Unicorn is gold plated 1  X 7/8 In.wide. The overall length with woven rose ribbon  is 7 1/4 In.

Here are examples of ribbons with two decorations, that is one at each end  and rather long ribbons.

The pewter hands are 1 7/8 X 7/8 In. and the ribbon is 5/8 X 14 1/4 In. The red stones in the rings are assumed to be glass. Why the long length? A good question. Coffee table books or a bible bookmark seems to be the best guess. Pretty long for most bibles too. Do you have any thought on this? The ribbon is simple blue  green grosgrain with one end somewhat faded or stained.This was a gift over 20 years ago.

Here is another of this type.

The cross is 1 3/4 X 5/8 In. and the medallion 1/2 X 3/4 In. The ribbon is 3/4 X 13 3/4 In. This ribbon is beautiful woven silk. The back of the medal is marked with J. Lambert France Ricki. From an antique store in upstate  New York a long time ago.

Now lets look at ribbons with functional attachments. This next group of ribbons were designed with a decoration on one end and a page cutter on the other end of the ribbon.

                                                          Ribbons with functional attachments-Paper cutters.

The first bookmark is labeled “Made in Japan” and is hand painted and crafted from bone .  It is pre WW II. It has been in my collection a long time but I cannot recall the circumstances of the purchase. Or was it a gift?  The long bone blade was intended as a paper cutter to slice uncut pages. The blade is 1/2 X 4 1/4 In. and the medallion is 1/2 X 1 In.  The ribbon is 10 In. The metal piece is made of sterling with initials at one end and a paper cutter at the other. Again, I have lost track of it’s origin in my collection. The third item is made of celluloid which dates it no later than the 1920s to early 1930s. The blade is 7/16 X 4 In. and the medallion is 1  1/4 X 1  1/2 In. The double grosgrain ribbon is 15/32 X  9 In. and it was purchased in an Antique store in Delaware long ago. I really should keep better records! Any records!

The next kind of attachment is the Cover clip. This is intended to attach the ribbon to the book cover to prevent it straying from the book.

                                                     Ribbon Bookmarks With Functional Attachments-Cover Clip.

The first is a  Brownie Girl Scout bookmark and has a nice gold plated clip with a Brownie figure. The clip is 1 X 3/4 In. and the ribbon is measured at 3/8 X 6 1/4 In.  It was a gift.  The middle ribbon has the brass clip at the top and the bottom end is weighted with a brass piece with a patent # D-111,589. It came from an Antique store. The third ribbon you may remember as the decoration at the top of BOOKMARK-BUZZ opening page. The clip has the image of an Owl which is 3/4 X 5/8 In. and a ribbon of 10 inches X 5/8 In.

Now lets take a look at a few Hand woven bookmarks

                                                                                        Hand Woven Bookmarks

The first and third pieces were bought off the internet from the weaver. I have three different colors and the weaving is identical. The first one shows the front and the third shows the back.  The middle bookmark with a design called DOG-TRACKS was purchased off the internet at least 15 years ago. I have tried to discover something about the individual or group that was doing the hand weaving but have not been successful.

Lets Look at machine woven bookmarks now.

                                                                                  Machine Woven Silk Ribbons

All of theses ribbons are quite large.The Eisenhower ribbon is made by the American Silk Label Mfg. Co. and is a memento of his passing. It was an early gift to my collection. It is 2 1/8 X 8 1/4 In.  The Middle bookmark depicting a Peacock is from the 1990s  It is 2 X 8 In. Made by Cash’s in Coventry England it is an example of the magnificent weaving done by Cash’s in the tradition of Thomas Stevens who brought back the weaving tradition to England in the1840s. The third Ribbon “The Last Rose of Summer” is one of Thomas Stevens larger bookmarks and measures 2 X 9 1/8 In. The makers name is well marked in weaving on the back of the pointed bottom. The tassel did not survive.

This next group shows smaller machine woven silks.

                                                                              Smaller Machine woven Silk Ribbons

The first ribbon is a style that was woven in the 1950s and 60s. They were all about 1 1/4 X 5 3/4 In. I have many of these and though common they are generally quite well designed and woven. Later versions were covered with plastic. Many of these were produced by Quality Industries in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. The second bookmark is one of a pair that came from the internet and seems to be German and related to the song or perhaps a play of Rosemarie. The goose stepping soldier does cast a shadow of  WW II. It is 1 1/4 X 4 3/4 In.  The third is one of T. Stevens smallest bookmarks which also came from the internet. It is 1 3/16 X 5 In. plus a tassel. The makers name is on the back. The last one from one of my favorite bookstores in Pennsylvania. It is the 1964-65 Worlds Fair ribbon. It was woven by ALKAHN and measures at 2 X 5 1/2 In.

This session has taken so much space that I will spare you a longer post and save Fabric and needlework and Perforated card stock needlework for the next time. Hope to see you then.

Organizing A Ribbon Bookmark Collection

September 11, 2011

There is no law that must be followed  when organizing bookmarks. It is completely up to the individual. I choose to use physical type rather than some other characteristic.

Here is my scheme  of organization for ribbon bookmarks.

1. Printed ribbons.

2. Hand Painted ribbons.

3. Ribbons with decorative attachments.

4 Ribbons with functional attachments.  (e.g. Clips to attach to the book cover.)

5. Hand woven ribbons.

6. Machine woven ribbons.

7.Fabric and needlework ribbons.

8. Needlework on ribbons.

9. Punch paper or perforated card stock needlework. ( e.g. Victorian craft work.)

Here are examples of machine printed ribbons.

Machine Printed Ribbons

The two narrower ribbons may have come with a book or Bible while the center piece was probably given at he time this association meeting was held. Ribbon sizes are  left to right  1 7/8 X 9 inches,   3 1/8 X 8 1/4 inches  1 1/2 X 7 3/4 inches.

Next we have examples of hand painted ribbons. The size of this first one probably qualifies it as a Bible bookmark. I have two of these of exact same size and ribbon type that came from one of my favorite old bookstores on the outskirts of Cambridge MD. Three older brothers ran the store and always had something special for me that they found in their vast collection of old books. They called these   Bible bookmarks. This ribbon measures 4 1/2 X 9 3/4 inches

These smaller ribbons have paint applied directly to the ribbon while the larger painting is applied to card stock and then attached to the ribbon. The size of these ribbons are left to right  1 X 8 3/4 inches,  2 1/2 X 9 1/4 inches and 7/8 X 8 3/4 Inches.

Hand Painted Ribbon Bookmarks

These pictures are larger than I would like to show but I still have things to learn about word press!

I want to show the rest of the ribbons in near actual size so will continue when I have worked out the sizing technique.

Patience! Patience! I am still learning!

Phew! To be Interviewed or Not to be Interviewed!

September 7, 2011

When Lauren Roberts asked if I would be interviewed for  “On Marking Books”.  I was nervous as Indiana Jones in the pit of snakes!  Well, please know it was a very easy and actually an enjoyable  experience once I got into it. Probably talking about things you care about is what makes it easy. Anyway, if you want to know more about my love of bookmarks go to this link. Perhaps it will make you want to save that pretty little piece of paper you pick up in the bookstore next time you buy a book. You’ll also see a few of my favorite bookmarks.

Now I’ll move on to a bookmark subject. How about organizing ribbon bookmarks? OK, here we go.

More Nice Things In The Mail

August 11, 2011

Yes, I’ll admit it. I have a special place in my heart for hand carved bookmarks. Even though some have a crude appearance, someone worked with a blade in their hand to create a unique and useful piece. Here are two new pieces that arrived in yesterdays mail.

Hardly beautiful but one must admire the carving from the chest up. One is marked as Made in Italy but considering the common painting features and similarity of facial structure I believe both were done by the same carver. These characters measure about three inches long and from 3/4 inches to 1.0 inches wide. They are carved from a very light weight soft wood.

Here is a very different example of wood carving.

This arrived in the mail almost two weeks ago but something about the material perplexed me. Measuring 3 x 1/2 inches long and just under 1/2 inch wide the carved figure is rich with detail that must have required great patience and a set of delicate instruments. At first it was deemed to be from Asia but considering it arrived from Idaho  I believe now that it represents a Native American head dress and neck piece. At first it was  thought that the material was bone because of its weight and hardness. Careful examination with magnification proves it to be a very dense hardwood. Perhaps it may prove to be made by an American Indian. (There is study to be done here. Hmm. Also some room for photo work.)

I also have a love for the early plastics. These also arrived this week.

These novelty bookmarks are probably from the late 1940s or 1950s. They appear to be of a styrene plastic rather than Bakelite or celluloid. The first bookmark has a stamp of Atlantic City. The other two have no identifying marks. The green bookmark has a page clip and a Parrot. The yellow bookmark has a strange bird that is suffering from being mounted up side down. I suspect it might not have fit well in the upright position. If more of these show up on the market I’ll probably bid on them. They just say fun! (More room for study here. Who made this kind of thing in the 40s and 50s? Just what kind of plastic is this? Were the birds applied later or molded with the blades?) So many questions, so little time!

More Treats in The Mail and Addendum To The Last Post

August 11, 2011

The last post presented a large ribbon bookmark in a small size. It should have been obvious that the image was too small for one to see the fine needlework. I am including an enlarged view of the perforated card so you can see the fine detail that was a part of the artists work.hVictorian craft object 1850-1890

This piece of work Deserves this closer look as it was a delicate piece of work  by a dedicated artist. Note  the few number of stitches used to highlight and shade certain areas. It is one of the finest Victorian perforated card stock bookmarks I have ever seen. Remarkable.