Fabric sample book from J. Dunnell & Co., Pawtucket, Rhode Island
J. Dunnell: (Pawtucket), (1845-1850). Paperback. Very Good. Item #21-6923
Oblong 7.5 x 12.5", pict sewn pale yellow wraps, 17/18 calico fabric samples, fabric mounted in the center of each page. Covers stained, heavily soiled, torn, creased, pp have light soiling and creasing, page where sample was removed is torn, some of the samples have mild fraying else good. The samples are floral patterned light some have the same pattern but with different colors. On the front cover is the seated image of a man (Dunnell?) looking at a sheaf of papers, on an upper corner is written 1845-1850. The business was started up in 1833 by a Mr. Sibley, he encountered financial difficulty and sold the business in 1835 to the partnership of Jacob Dunnell, Thomas Dunnell and Nathaniel W. Brown and named it Dunnell Manufacturing Company. The business lasted until 1899. Pawtucket is considered the birthplace of cotton manufacturing in the U.S. SCARCE sample book.