Name Index


Early Use of Paper in Devonshire: Watermarks

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11, (1920-21), pp. 108-10.


Ethel Lega-Weekes

Prepared by Michael Steer

A watermark is a faintly marked letter, figure, or design in the fabric of paper, denoting its size or its manufacturer, usually barely noticeable except when the sheet is held against strong light. It is made during manufacture by the pressure of wires on the moist pulp. The watermarks used by the earlier paper-makers have given names to several of the present standard sizes of paper, as pot, foolscap, crown, elephant, and post, the last so called from the device of a postman's horn as water-mark. This Note appeared in response to Hugh R Watkin's Note on the early uses of paper in Devon, that appeared earlier in the volume (pp. 33-36). Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. The copy of this rare book is held in the collection of Albert William Bryant Messenger, and is available from the Internet Archive.

Bagshot 109
Briquet, C M 108-9
Davie 108
Del Marmol 108, 110
Denne, S 109
Edward IV 109
Fyner, Con. 109
Henry VII 110
Hodgkins, J E 109
Hooker 110
Hunter, Joseph 109
Jeayes, Mr 109
Lemon 108, 110
Lichakov (Likhatchoff) 108
Moore, Stuart 110
Munsell, Joel 109
Scott 108
Spilman, John 109
Tate, John 109
Watkin, Mr Hugh 108
Warner, Sir George 109
Zainer, G 109