Papier Mâché Bindings / Mother of Pearl Bindings
These are papier mâché bindings, also called "mother-of-pearl bindings" and "lacquered bindings". They appeared on American books only briefly - around 1850-55 - a time of increasingly elaborate book cover decoration. Papier maché was a very popular technique used to produce household items such as trays, snuff boxes, table tops, daguerreotype cases, and even furniture. The Library Company has 69 papier mâché bindings, 9 portfolio covers, two wall plaques, and 2 daguerreotype cases. Also included are papier mâché from a private collection.
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