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Fred K George, silk mercer and laceman, trade card (engraving)

Fred K George, silk mercer and laceman, trade card (engraving)

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Fred K George, silk mercer and laceman, trade card (engraving)

731555 Fred K George, silk mercer and laceman, trade card (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; ( Fred K George, silk mercer and laceman, trade card.); Look and Learn / Valerie Jackson Harris Collection

Media ID 23481486

© Look and Learn / Valerie Jackson Harris Collection / Bridgeman Images

Dealer Mercer Pedestrian Pedestrians Post Chaise Pullman Car Shops Silk Silks Storefront Trader Wholesalers Seller Shire Horse Stallions Vendor


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This trade card from the 19th century showcases Fred K George, a prominent silk mercer and laceman of his time. The engraving captures the essence of bustling High Harrogate street, where pedestrians stroll past storefronts and shops. The vibrant scene is filled with life as a horse-drawn cart passes by, adding an element of movement to the image. The card itself serves as a window into history, offering a glimpse into the social fabric of England during this era. It reflects the thriving textile industry that was prevalent in London at the time, with buildings adorned in beautiful silks and lace. Fred K George's trade card not only highlights his role as a successful merchant but also speaks to the wider cultural exchange happening between Germany and England. With references to German culture scattered throughout - from horses associated with Germanic traditions to mentions of North Germany - it hints at the interconnectedness between European nations. As we admire this historical print, we are transported back in time to witness an era when commerce thrived on busy streets like Regent Parade. This print is not just an old building or mere vendor; it represents a snapshot of society's evolution through fashion and trade. Its presence in private collections ensures that this piece continues to be cherished for its artistic value and contribution to our understanding of history.

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