letterG Gravell Watermark Archive

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Build a search query by making a selection from the choices below. Limit the search by entering additional criteria from the text fields option (which may be used instead of as well as in addition to the choices here).

DESCRIPTORS: Search records by a common watermark pattern.
  as primary descriptor
  as secondary descriptor
  as primary or secondary descriptor

SECONDARY DESCRIPTORS: Additional characteristics of a watermark. Search for words or phrases.

DATE OF USE: Limit a search by using a range of dates.


DESCRIPTORS: Primary descriptors signify the most obvious feature of a watermark's morphology. Judgments about this can, of course, be subjective, so that one person's "Shield" is another's "Post horn." The provision of a "Secondary descriptors" field allows users who have some knowledge of the watermark they are looking for to narrow their search, adding such details as names, intials, dates, and other material that is often incorporated into a watermark. Thus, if the mark being sought is a heraldic shield with post horn, the Primary descriptor would be "Shield" and the Secondary descriptor would be "post horn."