Zenas Crane

Envelope paper made by Zenas Crane
envelope open with glue showing
Envelope label close up

Company founder Zenas Crane used this mold and deckle from 1801-1830.

Mould and Deckle

The mould is a frame covered with a metal screen, and the deckle is the frame that fits on top of the mould creating an edge for the sheet of handmade paper.

Mould and deckle separated
Close-up of mould and deckle label and metal screen.

The lines from the metal screen can be seen in the paper when light is shown through the paper. This is the envelope backlit.

Backlit envelope