A selection of floral-inspired design sketches and patterns dating from the 20th century. Old English design normally refers to the style of English domestic architecture in the second half of the nineteenth century, which is characterized by the use of traditional English materials and forms such as mullioned windows, half-timbered walls, pitched roofs, and tall ornamental chimneys. Many designs in this drawer feature pattern numbers in the form of 2 or 3 letters (eg. 'LEC' or similar), and as such, can potentially be cross-referenced with two design studio record books titled 'Letter Books' (Catalogue reference: STOD/201/8/5/1-2), often revealing further information such as dates and designers. Although the patterns consist mainly of those created for the domestic market, one contract design for Maper, London is here included. One of the patterns can be attributed specifically to A F Stoddard & Co Ltd.
This description is part of the Design Archive which is divided into the 142 sections, each with its own separate description.