crepes and the choice line of Shikii draperies, which are
shown in an exclusive patented Indian design and in a
variety of colorings.
Buyers should lose no time before seeing these goods
and the many other attractive things in Vantine & Co.'s
wholesale department, 18, 20 and 22 East Eighteenth
street. New York.
True art is to conceal art, but the woman who paints
a velvet lambrequin hangs it on her parlor mantel â Ex.
Upholsterers' webbing, spring and seaming twines,
seaming cord, &c., are manufactured on an extensive scale
by the Ludlow Manufacturing Company, 133 Essex street,
Boston. Write to them for particulars.
Hull, Stickney & Twitchell is the correct firm name of
the successors to Lawrence, Wilde & Co., decorators, 38
to 48 Cornhill, Boston. The new firm is composed of
William H. Hull, Horace W. Stickney and Union B.
The wonderful demand for the goods made by the
Philadelphia Tapsstry Mills is due to that peculiar some-
thing which is characteristic of everything they produce.
Their goods are objects of admiration for their own indi-
vidual beauty, as well as by contrast with others, and the
cost through large production, scientific and economical
manufacturing is moderate, so low in fact that it is a
source of wonder to many how such good fabrics can be
produced for so little money.
FIG. 10.â COMBINATION OF EMBROIDERY AND DRAPING.
FIG. 11.â EMBROIDERED MANTEL BOARD WITH APPROPRIATE MOTTO.
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Belchek. â E. H. Belcher, Western traveler for Hassall Brothers,
the Boston curtain manufacturers, was in Ohio last week and is
working East after a nine months' trip.
Bradbury. â We regret to be obliged to record the fact that George
T. Bradbury is in a critical condition at Liberty, N. Y.
DiNGWELL. â James Dingwell, formerly with a Pawtucket (R. I.)
house, is now with Kennedy & Mclnnes, Pittsfield, Mass.
Dommar. â Antoine Dommar, manager of Yardum Brothers' Da-
mascus wares department, sailed on the 30th ult. on the steamer
St. Paul on his way to Damascus to perfect arrangements for sup-
plying the trade with Damascus curtains, tabourets, vases, &c.
Yardum Brothers will add a number of new looms to meet the grow-
ing demand for their lines of curtains.
Fletcher.â Frank N. Fletcher, of W. H. Fletcher & Co., arrived
at Southampton by the St. Louis March 16.
Free. â Henry T. Free is now the manager of and successor to the
Martin Free estate, manufacturers of shade cloths and window
shades, 349 North Third street, the oldest establishment of the kind
in the United States. Among other relics to which Harry points
with pride is an old bill receipted for shades delivered by his father
in 1843.â Philadelphia Taggert's Times, March 13.
Gates. â W. J. M. Gates, who is the New England and New York
State traveler for Cohen Brothers & Co., of New York, designed the
handsome bay window arrangernent of curtains shown by that firm
in a banner engraving.
Grinberg. â Samuel Grinberg, of the Glasgow Manufacturing Com-
pany, Boston, is now in Europe with the object of selecting a large
assortment of novelties in Nottingham and Swiss curtains, laces,
&c. , for the coming season.
Heine. â Mr. Heine, of Neuburger, Heine & Co., returned from a
six months' visit to Europe on March 26.
KoHLMAN. â W. J. Kohlman, formerly with Saubiac & Sons, has
gone into the decoration and display business with Ab. Abrams &
Co. The concern is located at 593 Broadway, New York.
Morgan. â George B. Morgan left on the 26th ult. on his filling in
trip for W. H. Fletcher & Co. He will spend the first week in April
MuNRO. â James Munro, manager of the upholstery department of
Stern Brothers, sailed for Europe on March 16.
Parkin. â P. H. Parkin, New York city salesman for Cohen
Brothers & Co., is kept e.^ceedingly busy supplying the calls of the
local trade for bobbinet ruffled curtains.
Selig. â The physicians at Mt. Sinai Hospital report that during
the past fevvdays there has been a change for the better in the condi-
tion of J. Selig, upholstery buyer for Ludwig Brother.-;, and they
begin to have strong hopes of his ultimate recovery.
SiMONSoN. â J. Simonson, manager of W. & J. Sloane's retail
upholstery department, has just returned from Europe.
Walters. â Matt Walters, who has had charge of the drapery
department of the C. H. Heer Dry Goods Company at Springfield,
Mo., has been engaged to take charge of the same department of the
Eckas & Brooks Furniture and Carpet Company, in the same city.
UPHOLSTERY SPOKES FROM THE HUB.
Stetson Foster, of Boylston street, is to change his
location. Henry F. Ripley will hereafter be associated
with him, and the firm name will be Stetson,
Foster & Co. The new quarters will be at 39
Franklin .street, and a fine stock of wall
papers, draperies and furniture will be carried ; a specialty
will be made of interior decorations, and the firm will im-
port stuffs for draperies, wall hangings, &c.
James I. Wingate & Son have just opened a place at 336
Boylston street, and announce themselves as dealers in
fine wall papers and hangings, painters and interior deco-
Allen, Hall & Co., decorators and furnishers, dealers in
draperies, wall papers, &c., at 384 Boylston street, have
almost doubled the size of their store the past year by
taking in and fitting up an adjoining building.
John Boyd, dealer in upholstery goods, furniture, &c. ,
has assigned to George S. Harrington. His liabilities are
Pitts, Kimball & Lewis, department store keepers,
whose assignment is announced with liabilities of about
$100,000, are said to have nominal assets of $88,000.
_ F. J. B.
FINE LACE CURTAINS.
THE value of a good reputation has been well demon-
strated this season in the experience of Rieser &
Co., lace curtain manufactures and importers. For many
years they have made a specialty of handling the finest
grades of lace curtains, and their reputation for bringing
out choice things had spread throughout the country. The
consumption of fine goods during 1896 and 1897 had de-
creased very materially, and cattsed the importers to be
chary about stocking tip abundantly. Rieser & Co. , how-
ever, have carried a large stock of the choicest goods
throughout the dull period, and now that improved con-
ditions have brought about an increased demand for the
better goods the trade are naturally seeking Rieser & Co.
for supplies. They have found their assortment and stock
exceptionally attractive, especially in view of the depleted
fine stocks of most other houses, and consequently it
begins to look like old times at the new salesroom of Rieser
& Co., 473 Broadway. Write to them if you are in a hurry
for Louis XIV., Marie Antoinette, Renaissance, Arabian,
real Brussels, or other makes of fine laces.
Fraehl & Nieter have embarked in the furniture and
upholstery business at New Bremen, Ohio
A. Pauly, furnittire dealer and upholsterer, Boston, has
removed from Beacon street to 6 Pai'k street.
Not the least important material in making up window
shades or in upholstery and drapery work is thread. The
Meyer shade and drapery thread is made especially for
such work, being unusually strong, yet soft and pliable. It
is also smooth and glossy and made in all sizes required
for hand or machine sewing. Write to John C. Meyer &
Co., 87 Summer street, Boston, Mass., for samples and
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MOHAIRS AGAIN TO THE FRONT.
^ E are pleased to state that the mohair plush
mills of L. C. Chase & Co. are very busy,
running to fullest capacity. The signs noted
last fall of the returning favor of mohair
plushes have developed into facts, as seen
in the present demand. Another satis-
factory feature is that the call is for the
best grades, for the goods turned out by
Chase & Co. are the acknowledged stand-
ard of the trade for high quality. The firm
find their increased business coming from
both the railroad car builders and the upholstery jobbers.
Travelers on the Chicago limited train, leaving the
Grand Central Depot at 4 p. m. daily, have been unanimous
in praise of the handsome new upholstering of the seats,
which are done in Chase's frieze plush, with a detached
pattern for the seat and back. The 4 o'clock train to and
from Boston via the Boston and Albany Railroad has also
been recently upholstered in a neat detached figure of
frieze plush, and the Pullman and Wagner Palace Car
companies have private patterns confined to them by
Chase & Co.
F. E. Droll, who carried on the upholstery business at
St. Charles, Mo., died recently.
The M. M. Rhodes & Sons Company, Incorporated, is a
new concern manufacturing tufting buttons, nails, &c., at
The Van Dyk Furniture Company, Paterson, N J., is
conducting a special sale of lace curtains, and offers during
the sale to have every pair of curtains purchased hung
free of charge.
Byers & Partnlee, 131 Kingston, street, Boston, have
had a very successful season on their curtain novelties.
Mr. Parmlee made a thorough round of the trade through-
out the country and is now busy getting out his orders.
W. M. Cathrall Company, Incorporated, Philadelphia,
have sold their entire stock and good will to Hoffman,
Corkran & Co., manufacturers, who will continue in this
line on a much larger scale, Mr. Cathrall having entire
charge of this department, both in the New York and
Philadelphia houses. This firm has purchased in the last
three years the business of Coyle & Coyle, A. C. Knight
Co. and W. F. Osier & Co., which, with this addition,
makes them one of the foremost in their line in this
At the regular annual meeting of the Silk Association
of America, held March 23, the following officers were
elected: Albert Tilt, president; Catholina Lambert, first
vice-president; William Strange, second vice-president;
Jacques Huber, third vice-president; Franklin Allen, sec-
retary; Charles F. Homer, treasurer; directors â John N.
Stearns, William T. Ryle, William Skinner, M. M. Beld-
ing, Joseph Loth, A. G. Jennings, Jacob Weidman, W. E.
Eaton, James M. Erskine, Geo. L. Montgomery, Jerome
C. Read, C. L. Auger, Dwight Ashley, John H. Hopper,
H. W. Boetiger, Frank W. Cheney, B. A. Armstrong.
â Hi OBITUARY. BHB
Thomas Halton, for many years a manufacturer of the
Jacquard attachment for power looms at his factory on
Mutter street, below Lehigh avenue, Philadelphia, died
suddenly of Bright's disease and neuralgia of the heart on
March 12 at the
home of his son in
that city. Mr.
Halton was born in
land, July 4, 1838,
and came to this
country in 1872.
About 1876 he be-
gan the manu-
facture of the
Jacquard machine in
fecting the " head
addition makes the
machine now com-
plete in every part.
Later he engaged
in the manufacture
of table damask,
in which he was successful, the plant now containing
twenty looms, which are fully employed. The machinery
constructed by Mr. Halton was used largely in the manu-
facture of fine upholstery fabrics, and he was very popular
among the manufacturers in that branch of textile
industry. Of a kindly disposition and possessed of a gen-
erosity that was notable for its largeness, he very often
befriended the new beginners in the textile industry, and
many a young firm was indebted to him for its first start in
Mr. Halton leaves a widow, one daughter and two
sons. The business will be continued as formerly by the
two sons of the decedent.
J. Schraek has opened in the upholstering business a
Mrs. L. H. Wood succeeds Wood & Hager, dealers in
dry goods, &c., Bristol, Tenn.
P. A. Jouannet, upholsterer, Brookline, Mass., has re-
moved into new quarters opposite the post office.
R. Hasselgren & Co. have opened a furniture and dec-
orating establishment at 440 State street, Chicago.
The Morse Couch Company, Nashua, N. H., has been
incorporated with a capital stock of $3,000 to manufacture
The styles and popular values offered by the vSash Cur-
tain Rod & Novelty Co. are bringing them an extensive
spring trade. This concern manufactures extension rods
for sash, vestibule and lace curtains, and shows a great
variety of patterns. Write to them at 127 Summer street.
Providence, R. I , for prices.
THE DRAPING OF CURTAINS.
Is there any necessity for the monotony that characterizes
the style of draping of ordinary window curtains ?
That there is monotony who that observes the windows he
passes in any town, with their uniformity, can doubt ? It
is just for all the world as if the local authority had set up
a standard to which every householder was expected to
conform, according to a writer in an English magazine.
Now let us take a pair of soft Madras curtains, edged
with a fringe, lace, or a frill, and endeavor to throw a
little variety into the arrangement of them. Do not as-
sume at the outset, because the illustrations show a small
pole from which the curtains are suspended, that this is
indispensable. Two thin brass or wooden rods will serve,
one for each curtain, to permit of crossing.
Figure 1 requires no explanation. It is occasionally to
be met with on a ground floor window, and serves its
Fig. a (and this remark applies to all the subsequent
designs, with the exception of Figs. 3 and 4) will be im-
proved by being let down a foot on the floor before it is
draped. From a point on the outside edge, about 3
feet from the ground, gradually gather up the curtain
until the bottom corner is reached; fix the folds with a
safety pin, attach this to a cup hook placed in the archi-
trave, and finish off with a bow of ribbon.
Fig. 3. Slightly cross here, and drape at diverse heights.
Be careful to have the highest draped curtain on the in-
side, otherwise the balance of outline will be disturbed.
Fig. 4. This is constructed similarly to the door curtain
illustrated and fully described in an earlier number of The
Review. In this case, however, small dress hooks might
be substituted for brass rings, and the thinnest twine or
white carpet thread might be used in place of cord. This
and the following design are very suitable for smoky
cities, where frequent shaking and brushing of window
draperies is a necessity. Each of these schemes may be
undraped and refixed in a very short space of time.
Fig. 5. Here we are away from the beaten track, all
the appliances required being two ordinary pips and a
piece of stout thread. Fasten this thread to the right
hand end of pole, allowing it to depend about 1}4 yards;
at the lower end fix a pin, bending it to form a hook, and
attach a similar hook close up at the other end of pole.
Now take the right curtain, and find a point about half a
yard inward from the edge (not o/i the edge, as in Fig. 2),
and the same distance lower than the bent pin ; raise this
point, and fix it over the hook. Repeat this with the
other curtain, and the work is done. The same result
may be obtained by having a small sharpened hook fixed
to the architrave; this, however, might be dangerous
where there are children. Were we giving this design
apart from the series, we might advise the lengthening of
the left curtain by half a yard to bring it near the floor.
Fig. 6 represents a pleasing effect obtained by a simple
method. The outline is not by any means original, but
whereas in most cases a heavy iron band is employed,
here the thinnest slip of wood, or wire, or cardboard, or
even a full sized lead pencil, will suffice.
To obtain the curve, arrange the picture chain from the
pole round to the outside edge of the festoon. Set this
size along the front of curtain, from the top downward.
Now observe the space occupied by the pleating passing
over the small rod. If a pencil is used this will be about
7 inches, and it will be necessary to double it for the
fullness. Mark a point on the curtain 14 inches inward
from the edge, and the same distance from the top, where
it is proposed to fix the small horizontal rod. Draw a line
from this place to the point on front edge, rounding it up-
ward (on approaching the front) about 2 or 3 inches.
Over this line sew a narrow caser of the same material as
curtains, and let it terminate at the higher point. When
fixing, pass the small rod through this caser, gathering the
curtain regularly, and fastening it with a pin in position.
If a flat lath about half an inch broad is used, it may be
fixed to the architrave, and will more readily keep in place.
Fig. 7. This, in a pretty, soft Madras, makes a charm-
ing window draping. One side has just been fully de-
scribed, and the other in part. The length of the upper
portion of the left curtain is easily obtained by measuring
the distance from the pole downward to where the cord
passes round the front of curtain. Find the distance from
this point to the pole perpendicularly, and make the front
line of curtain longer than the back, by the difference be-
tween these two sizes. The top consequently will be
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oblique. From the point mentioned to the opposite upper
comer draw a line and sew a narrow caser on half this dis-
tance, beginning at the front. Pass a thin wire or cane,
slightly curved, through this caser, supporting it in posi-
tion with a thin twine from each end to the top architrave.
Proceed as already described with the lower portion, mak-
ing the two sides drape at diverse heights. A cord around
the upper draping is a decided improvement.
Fig. 8. This is a design suitable for a corner window,
or for two windows in juxtaposition, in which case the
drapery would be made right and left. This is the
simplest possible arrangement. Let the curtains be fixed
merely to meet at the top as in Fig. 1, drape the right one
as before described, the left one as follows: With the pic-
ture chain, find the length of the bottom curve connect-
ing each end of pole, then the upper curve; these place,
one along the back, the other along the front of curtain,
drawing a line between the points. Next draw a stout
thread through this, fastening it at the bottom. Now
gather the curtain up as illustrated, and tie the thread
around the end of the pole, and you have the result
The above description will serve for Fig. 9.
It will be found in Fig. 6, and in other designs where
the same style of draping is employed, that the inside edge
of the curtain is inclined to turn away from the front. This
can easily be corrected by pinning it underneath the fes-
toon to the small horizontal rod.
ART is taking nature more into reckoning than ever be-
fore in the methods employed in coloring and fur-
nishing homes. Science, too, steps in and orders certain
colors for the walls of living rooms that will prove either
soothing or invigorating to the nen,'es of sight. The
library, for instance, must have a soothing wall color
scheme in deep grays or greens if one values his eyesight
and wants to feel rested and not irritated.
In renovating a bedroom for the spring curly maple or
birch forms a charming set for one who likes a wooden
bed to match the rest of the room. An unpapered wall
may be toned a soft gray and finished about 4 feet above
the floor in a border of green outlined and possibly sten-
ciled in gold. Panels of wood to correspond with the
furniture may be set below this wide green border, and the
room must have a daintily upholstered comer or window
seat. Pretty and cheap drapery for this purpose may be
had in the new flowered patterns of cotton velours, cre-
tonne, denim and pungum, as well as in cheap silks.
These range from 10 to 50 cents a yard, according to the
quality. Velours give a velvet and pungum a silk effect,
and the English flowered patterns are the prettiest.
Chairs with cane seats and one or two wicker rockers
with pink and green cushions are admirable. The Eng-
lish dressing table admits of charming decorations, and a
fewiioral china ornaments would give a spring-like touch.
Over the bare floor have rugs sprinkled with soft gray and
pink effects and the window draperies either of pink or
with pink figures. A cool shade of pink should be the
keynote of color in the room, and it is only prettily ac-
centuated by the touch of green here and there and the
soft gray walls on which two or three light water color
pictures would look well.
If one wants to be in touch with the fad for forest green,
the sitting room and morning room may be cheaply and
charmingly furnished in it, to say nothing of the hall. It
is restful to the eyes, artistic and spring-like in effect.
Forest green furniture comes in English patterns, both
of the old and new Adam and Chippendale styles, and the
American pieces are quite as lovely. Chairs of all sorts
of odd shapes may be picked up that lend artistic forms
as well as rich color to house decoration. The furniture
is principally made of hard wood, but the same beautiful
shade of green is made up into wicker and cane furniture,
and comes either in solid color or is combined with red,
pink or gold plaids. The red and green plaid chairs,
lounges, tables and small pieces are extremely pretty and
effective in fitting up a summer}' looking room, and are
quite the newest things out. With these, as well as the
other makes, draperies of most beautiful shades of green
and gray are to be found in all manner of materials. Jute
hangings are very pretty if one wants to be economical.
Prettiest of all, with a room furnished in forest tints,
are portieres of the rich Roman or East Indian stripes
running crosswise. A Moorish comer makes another
bright contrast, and the rugs must both contrast and har-
monize with the rest of the room.
In fitting up a forest green room or hall the minor
adornments must be chosen with discretion, and growing
plants are almost a necessity. A pleasantly contrasting
note of color must be introduced to avoid sameness, such
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as pink, red or some of the new heliotrope tints now in
Rugs appear in darker tones now than have been theirs
for many years and the most acceptable colors for screens,
wall drapery and wall coloring are found to be grays or
mauves in the many tints to be had in them. These un-
obtrusive shades go with any sort of furniture, and a touch
of the color scheme of any room may be added to them
In sympathy with this new taste come exquisite casts on
plaques tinted blue, mauve or green gray, so softly tinted
that the colors are hardly perceptible in the soft gray sur-
face. The plaques, with their exquisite group of figures
standing out in bold relief and dazzling whiteness against
the gray background, are known as "cameo ware." The
ware and its style of treatment are new and it may be had
with very little expense
Among the newest accessories to house adornments are
yellow, burnished clay jars, umbrella holders, vases, orna-
ments, plaques and trays. Jonquils furnish both color and
shape to the new yellow ware. A big, open jonquil holds
a flowerpot with a palm or fern in it, or a bunch of um-
brellas may stick inartistically out from among golden
If a woman's means are so small that every penny
counts for something and hardwood floors are luxuries
beyond her, the up-to-date upholsterer can fit xip a lovely
yellow room at very little cost that for aesthetic beauty
will compare very well with the silk hung and more gilded
apartment of her more fortunate sister. Have the floor
painted around the edges or stained a rich dark mahogany
color for a distance of 3 feet from the wall. Cover all the
rest of the floor with a deep golden brown denim of a
shade of brown that will not readily show dust. The
gimp used around the edges may be orange color. The
denim will cost from 12 to 25 cents a yard, according to
quality, and it is very wide and strong. The giinp will
cost but a few pence.
Above the dashboard tack all around the wall one width
of the wide burlap, which comes in all sorts of art colors,
either plain or stamped with figures, at 10 cents a yai'd.
The fashion now is to use flower-de-luce designs, and the
goods for such a room must be of gold on burlap of a tan
shade that will harmonize and contrast with the floor.