Instructions for using the Dressmaker's Magic Scale,
improved and simplified for cutting Ladies' and Children's Wearing Apparel.Quincy, IL: Rood & Hayden, Sole Proprietors, 1882 Stock Code: 121396
A curious and uncommon proprietary pattern-cutting guide first published circa 1879 that ran to at least twenty-five editions, this being the eleventh. The unique selling proposition to the work is the "Magic Scale" - "the square and the compass combined" - using which "a lady can cut from any fashion plate, making a perfect fit without alterations".
The pamphlet itself is quite uncommon, just five locations - for various editions - listed on WorldCat; Philadelphia University, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Universities of Delaware and Connecticut, and Library of Michigan, but none of these listings note the presence of the scale or the notebook for measurements.
Three items: 1) instructional pamphlet, titled as above; Octavo. Sewn in original pink printed wrappers. 24 pages, 6 line-drawn illustrations to the text. 2) "Magic Scale", triangular 510 x 560 x 240 mm, die stamped from brown stiff card-stock, printed with various scales, and two cut-out portions, scales for "Front Arm Shape" and "Front Neck". 3) "Magic Scale Measure Book", landscape duodecimo, tan textured cloth-backed marbled card wrappers, 90 pages of printed forms to record individual measurements, 8 of them completed in pencil in this copy.
The wrappers on the pamphlet a little rubbed and chipping at the margins, contents lightly browned, the measure book rubbed on the wrappers, but overall very good.
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