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Glove and flower watermark


In western papermaking, watermarks are makers’ designs incorporated into the paper sheet during manufacture by the sewing of thin metal wires to the paper mould. These two examples, from the flyleaf and title page of Bolton Library E.4.34 show a glove, or hand, holding a 6-petalled flower, and a single 8-pointed star.




Not content with mere signatures and stamps, some past users of the Bolton Library have endeavoured to be a little more creative in the markings they’ve left behind. Meet the chapeaued drinker, the eggal’s child, and the horses of The faerie queen.