31 Inch Geisha Silks.
Manchester, Connecticut: Cheney Brothers, n.d. [circa 1930s]. Folio, 9 1/4 x 14 3/4 (folded), 14 3/4 x 64 1/2 (unfolded), fold-out of seven different silk samples in bright colors with tissue guards. Tan paper with title printed in black, tan cloth joints, some minor foxing and damp stains that do not affect silk samples; very good. Com. 3977, Style 2988. Scarce, original sample book from the Cheney Brothers, the first America-based silk company to properly raise and process silkworms, and to develop the difficult techniques of spinning and weaving silk. Likely dates from the late 19th century. The Cheney silk processing business began in the 1830s, in 1847 Frank Cheney developed a machine that sped up the spinning process so that by 1860 the Cheney Brothers were international leaders in the business.
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