Treasure 36: The Edmund Potter ‘shirt’ and fabric pattern books

I have chosen this collection because I was lucky enough to be involved in cataloguing and arranging the records (D1589). It is titled the Calico Printing Library of Alderman J G Hurst of Glossop, and includes records of Edmund Potter & Company Ltd, calico printers, Dinting Vale, Glossop.

The Edmund Potter & Company Ltd swatch pattern books are beautiful, and the colours are so vivid you would think that they belonged in the 1980s and not the 1880s!! It was my pleasure to be able to work on the collection every week, and to handle such delicate documents.

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This remarkable printed shirt was found in an envelope within the collection.  It was such a surprise to find it as no one knew it was there until I came across it. I found it difficult to describe in the catalogue as I’m used to describing documents!

The catalogue I produced is now accessible to the public. I hope everyone enjoys looking through the documents as much as I enjoyed cataloguing them.

Elissa, Derbyshire Record Office volunteer

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