Foundling Swatches

Foundling 170

Fragments. Remembrances. Scraps of cloth or small tokens attached to the handwritten records of foundling children were kept as a means of identification. It was hoped that these remembrances would be a means of one day uniting mother and child under more hopeful circumstances. Occasionally, there were happy endings where the child was reclaimed, apprenticed, ...

Embroidered Book Covers

17th century embroidered satin book with floral motif.

While researching book bindings for a project, I've been coming across these gorgeous embroidered book covers and bindings from the 16th and 17th century. Thought I'd make a blog post out of these exquisite works of art.. The original scans for the books are scattered throughout The British Library Database of Bookbindings. I've just selected, ...