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A Stevengraph Souvenir Book-marker of Woven Silk Announcing the Engagement of Prince Albert Edward to Princess Alexandra 1862

$850.00

A souvenir silk book-marker, a Stevengraph, commemorating the engagement of Edward, Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of Denmark on September 9, 1862. Called a Stevengraph after Thomas Stevens (1828-1888), the inventor of a loom that produced examples of this fine mechanical weaving at his factory in Coventry. These two portraits of the Prince and Princess of Wales-to-be were woven entirely of pure woven silk, serving as a bookmark.

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Stevens, Thomas. H.R.H. Alexandra Princess of Denmark, H.R.H. Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. Coventry: T. Stevens [1862]. A souvenir silk book-marker, a Stevengraph, commemorating the engagement of Edward, Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of Denmark on September 9, 1862. Called a Stevengraph after Thomas Stevens (1828-1888), the inventor of a loom that produced examples of this fine mechanical weaving at his factory in Coventry. These two portraits of the Prince and Princess of Wales-to-be were woven entirely of pure woven silk, serving as a bookmark. Measuring 20 cm x 4.5 cm, this dual image features Princess Alexandra wreathed in lilies, with a coronet above her head; and, the Prince of Wales with three feathers above his head, wreathed in heather, as Princess Alexandra was given a spring of heather by Queen Victoria that was picked by her son, the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward. At the bottom of the book-marker is a triangular fold underneath a spray of thistles and shamrocks. On the verso of this fold is woven “T. Stevens Coventry.” Fine. Godden, 479.

Woven silk portrait of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, at the time of her engagement to H.R.H. Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales September 1862.

Verso of woven silk portrait, showing maker’s mark, “T. Stevens, Coventry.”

Detail showing heather and thistles around the portrait of H.R.H., Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales 1862.