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c 1890 Parquet Flooring Trade Card

c 1890 Parquet Flooring Trade Card


Trade Card – Parquet Flooring
Artist Borders for Rugs
National Wood Mfg. Co., 129 Fifth Ave (Formerly 16 East 18th St.) New York
Wood, Carpeting
Inlaid Hardwood Floors
H. Van Winkle, J.H. Boynton

The business was established in 1867. In 1898 Van Winkle and Boynton created a partnership under the name Boynton & Van Winkle.

The back of the card is covered with pencilled notes, plus the date May 14, 1890.

From "By the last decade of the 19th century, and well into the 20th, hardwood floors became the norm for all new construction. Plain strips of tongue and groove flooring, usually in oak, was now throughout most custom made and spec houses, in hallways, ground floors, and upper floors. Most parlor floors enjoyed parquet floors, usually with a decorative border. The ornateness of the patterns, and the types of wood used were dictated by the money spent. The best parquet was 7/8 thick, put together with tongue and groove edges. The borders, often quite ornate and complicated, are also tongue and groove, and used different woods for color changes. Good parquet was about 1/2 thick, and was nailed to the subfloor. Some styles featured alternating blocks, consisting of strips of wood, others are a more European herringbone pattern, and some floors just narrow strips of wood laid on the diagonal running from one end of the room to the other, with a wide border."

Condition: Excellent with some very light soiling. size 5.25 x 3.25 inches.

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