Thomas Stevens, inventor and manufacturer of the illuminated pure silk-woven book markers, also produced silk-centred and silk-fringed Christmas, Valentine and birthday cards from the mid 1870s.
Single and folded cards with silk fringes were more expensive than ordinary unadorned ones and provided the buyer with something more delicate and pretty.
Cards are identified by initials "TS" or "Thomas Stevens" printed in the corner of the picture or the firm's trade mark, a book containing bookmarks resting upon a cushion, on reverse.
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