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GUEST, Jim Hancock mummers in larkrise (51* d) RE: mummers in larkrise 01 Mar 10

The authenticity of the baler twine was something which concerned me greatly. Baler twine was of course in common usage in the 1890s, however I was concerned that the apparant "fluffines" of the twine implied Edwardian sisal rather than Victorian jute however I have checked my copy of "Discovering String" - P. F. Harrington, (Pub. Wilson & Wilson, London 1957) and it confirms that jute which has been used for previous applications will indeed give the impression of sisal string at first glance but is readily identifiable by its golden colour. (Not to be confused with the pale brown of manilla.
I hope this clears the uncerainty
All the best
Jim Hancock

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