Old wallpaper

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01/04/2009 at 16:28

I know it's a long shot, but does anyone have any idea how to work out how old some wallpaper is? We're having the kitchen refitted and behind a built in cabinet were some wooden boards with what looks like 1970s paper on (blown vinyl in geometric pattern) then behind that was three layers of paper.

Top one is a brown background with cream leaves and flowers in swirls with traces of green or blue colour on them. The design is quite a natural one.

Middle one is again brown background with more natural looking flowers and leaves although dots have been used for hading within the leaves.

Bottom (and oldest) one is lighter brown with very stylised leaves and flowers  in cream and a very vivid blue. The pattern has a lot of dots and dashes on it and there's very little background space undecorated.

I've tried googling for dating wallpaper, but can't find the right combination of words to get the returns I'm hoping for. All suggestions welcome

01/04/2009 at 16:31
Could try the V&A website Kwilter?  Maybe email them some pics.
01/04/2009 at 16:46
As BDB says, definitely try the V&A, not sure which department though!
01/04/2009 at 16:56

<slaps head in a D'oh why didn't I think of that manner>

Thanks guys, email sent off!

01/04/2009 at 17:31

Do you know when your house was built? Might give you a starting point.

Any good quilting designs in them?

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
01/04/2009 at 17:59
Have you tried focus they probably have a roll of the original
01/04/2009 at 18:01

Good thinking Ginntonix I might have a look at some of the flowers and see if they can be adapted for applique.

The house was built about 1890, and I'm pretty sure what is now our kitchen would have been a bedroom, the house was split into two flats years ago, we're in the upstairs one.

LOL Nicko!

Edited: 01/04/2009 at 18:01
02/04/2009 at 08:27
Hey, let us know what you find out Kwilter - that sounds really interesting!
07/04/2009 at 15:28

I've just had a reply from the V&A. She can date the later two pieces to about 1840-1850. There's an inscription on a house further up the street with 1890 on it, so it looks as if my house is slightly older and it's possible the wallpaper would have been used when the house was new.

Just remembered we've got all the original deeds, might be worth trawling through them to find who lived here then.

08/04/2009 at 10:28
That is old wallpaper Kwilter.  Hope the new kitchen is finished before the new wallpaper gets as old

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