Rare, English, 19th Century George Baxter Regal Needle Box Set

George Baxter (Great Britain, 19th Century)

Rare, English, 19th Century George Baxter Regal Needle Box Set
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Peterborough, NH, 03458
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Rare, English, 19th Century George Baxter Regal Needle Box Set

List Price $1,975

A rare 19th century George Baxter Needle Box set featuring his “Copper Your Honour” picture on the front of the presentation box that comes in the form of a book. Printed on the lower right hand corner “Published Aug. 10th 1853 by George Baxter Proprietor & Patentee London”. Inside are ten needle boxes each featuring a different scene that tell a story. The needle boxes, measuring 1 7/8” x 1 1/8”, contain four packs of sewing needles ranging in different sizes, the boxes are printed on the front “Baxter’s Patient Oil Printing 11 Northampton Square”. Only eleven different scenes for needle set books were produced making the last one in 1859.

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Origin Great Britain
Category Collectibles
Period 19th Century
Style Unspecified
ConditionVery good

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CONDITION: There is wear along the edges of the outside box but considering it’s 160 years old and cardboard it’s in extremely good shape.

THB REF: 7112847436


"“George Baxter (1804–1867) was an English artist and printer based in London. He is credited with the invention of commercially viable colour printing. Following printing of the key plate, relief blocks were prepared, usually from wood but also from zinc or copper, using impressions of the key plate to create the blocks. Usually one block was prepared for each colour, although sometimes two or more colours or tints were included on the same block, requiring hand inking of each individual area. Each colour was applied and allowed to dry before adding the next colour. It is thought that Baxter usually started printing with a blue tint and then progressed through the other colours in a predetermined order – all blocks were numbered sequentially and labelled with the colour to be used. Sometimes up to 24 separate colours were used, although ten could be considered an average number. Baxter achieved his precise registration by fixing the print over a number of spikes, over which the blocks would also fit.
Baxter is thought to have used hand-colouring for finishing touches on occasion – for example, “… extra touches of red on the mouths, high white lights upon jewels …”. It is also believed Baxter occasionally applied glaze via an additional printing step all over the image, composed of his usual varnish with a ‘hard drier’ added to make it insoluble in water. More often, however, it is thought that Baxter glazed areas of the print selectively by hand using a glaze composed of gum arabic, egg white and Castile soap.”