19 Jul 2011

Online Watermark Archive

The Gravell Watermark Archive brings together over 50,000 watermarks from across America and Europe. The collection incorporates some 7,500 images collected by American-watermark expert Thomas L. Gravell, and Charles-Moise Briquet’s documentation of around 45,000 unpublished marks.

The online archive allows users to search a range of designs from mythical creatures to symbolic objects, intricately rendered by a process of attaching wire to a paper mould. Watermarks function to identify paper products related to particular makers or mills at specific times and places, and their inclusion in the online database can assist researchers to dating elusive manuscripts.

Click here for a full article on the archive by Erica Olson, and here for a link to the Gravell website.

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