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Feature Strips

Borders with only feature strips are the most common, and cheapest to install. After tongue-and-groove flooring became popular, around 1920, the plain band was the only one easy to integrate in. This can be enhanced, and made more expensive, by adding various cross banding schemes.


Two Strips

163 border thumbnail P163 Ditmas Park 1914
Mahogany strips are 1" and all oak is 2". Missing is the 2" oak strip between the mahogany band and the fingerblock. The inner field is a fingerblock in a herringbone pattern of 8" × 16".
218 border thumbnail P218 Crown Heights North II c1907
Mahogany strips are 1-1/2". Oak around is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.
185 border thumbnail P185 Northern Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?
Oak strips are 2". Dark strips are 3/4". Inner field is diagonal 8" fingerblock with 2" strips.
208 border thumbnail P208 Midwood Park 1917
All oak is 2" wide. Dark strip is 3/4" wide. Inner field is straight fingerblock in 8" squares.
206 border thumbnail P206 Ditmas Park Historic District 1907
Strips are 1" wide. Surrounding oak is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal finger block with 1-3/8" slats in a 12-3/8" square.

Three Strips

38 border thumbnail P038 West Midwood 1915
All oak boards are 2" wide. The mahogany is 1". The maple is 1-1/4". Oak is the cheaper plain sawn.
201 border thumbnail P201 Ditmas Park West Year?
Bands are 3/4" wide with 2" oak around. Inner field is 2" oak laid diagonally.
59 border thumbnail P059 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1913
61 border thumbnail P061 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1899
Mahogany bands are 1-1/2". Oak bands between them are 2-1/2". Not mitered in the corner. Usually they are. The flooring looks like it is tongue-and-groove. It doesn't really belong here.
204 border thumbnail P204 Fiske Terrace 1905
Strips are 3/4" wide. Oak in between is 1-1/2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/4" slats in a 12-1/4" square.
205 border thumbnail P205 Fiske Terrace 1905
Strips are 3/4" wide. Oak in between is 1-1/2" wide (two to one ratio). Inner field is straight fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.

Multi Strips

149 border thumbnail P149 Crown Heights North Historic District II 1889
A very lovely border. The inner field lays the strips in a lattice weave, as seen on the right. The strip widths from the outside: 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 7/8" mahogany, 1/4" maple, 1-3/8" cherry, 1/4" maple, 7/8" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 1/2" mahogany. A total of 8-1/8".
182 border thumbnail P182 Stuyvesant Heights 1892
This was in a hall. The mahogany strips are 3/2" and the maple is 1/4". Total border is 2-3/4". The laid straight fingerblock is 4-3/4" blocks of 4 fingers, each 1-3/16" wide.
78 border thumbnail P078 South Midwood 1916
A very simple pinstripe for a hallway. Maple strip is 1/4" and the mahogany on the sides is 1/2". Field slats are 2" wide.

Strips with Cross Banding

12 border thumbnail P012 Park Slope Sportmen's Row 1889
Field is 10" parquet squares with seven unequal strips. Most are 1-1/2" wide. The end ones are less. See measured drawing.
181 border thumbnail P181 Stuyvesant Heights 1892
A small pattern for a small room. The mahogany strip is 3/4" and the maple is 1/4". The cross-banding bands are 2-1/2" wide right triangles. Their height is about 1.65". Total border is 3.65" wide. The laid straight fingerblock is 6-1/4" blocks with six fingers of varying width.
104 border thumbnail P104 Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1899
Strips are all 2" wide. Inner border of diagonals is 9-1/2" wide. The inner field was a custom design with a fancy pattern in the middle of the room. Since this is a floor borders site, I didn't take a picture.
101 border thumbnail P101 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1901
Border pattern is 8" wide. Within the border strips are either 1" or 2" wide. The strip in the middle of the corner is 2-3/4" wide. The rectangles in the feature strips are 1" × 3-1/2". Inner field is straight 2" wide planks.

Corner Knots

Without a knotted corner the look of plain bands is kind of flat. The first upgrade is a knotted corner with solid strips. Until around 1900 this was the only choice. Then triple bands came available (more power tools). And by 1925 there was a 5-stripe band. I like the triple stripe, especially with the center trip maple and dark wood on the outer strips. I have a spreadsheet that can calculate the piece sizes for the common knot.


Single Loop

81 border thumbnail P081 Crown Heights North II 1897
Inner square is 2" wide. Inner maple strip is 1/4" wide. The walnut side bands are 5/8" wide. This is lacking the second band. This knot needs a second band to look complete. Inner field is diagonal slats 1-3/8" wide. The planks in the outer field are mitered. This is usually not done.
230 border thumbnail P230 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Year?
Stripes are 1/4" maple surrounded by 5/8" mahogany. Between and surrounding them is 2" oak. The inner square is also 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with eight 1-3/8" slats and one 1-1/8" slat in a 12" square.
46 border thumbnail P046 Crown Heights North II 1897
Band width is 3/4" and inner square is 1-7/8". Oak slats alongside it are 2". Field is 1-1/2" wide slats in fingerblock.
89 border thumbnail P089 Prospect Heights Historic District 1901
Very unusual. Strips are 7/8" wide. Inner square is 2". Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.

Most Common

To get piece sizes, use common knot spreadsheet

127 border thumbnail P127 Crown Heights North Historic District 1890
Bands are 1-3/8" wide. Inner square is 2-1/8". Strips around are (inside to out) 1-3/4" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 1-1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 1-3/4" slats diagonally.
213 border thumbnail P213 Fiske Terrace 1905
It was dusty. 1-5/16" square and bands. 2" oak around. Middle mahogany band is 5/8". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.
80 border thumbnail P080 Lefferts Manor 1906
Inner square is 1-3/8". Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.
20 border thumbnail P020 Lefferts Manor 1910
In spreadsheet enter 1.5 for diameter of inner square, 1.5 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.
158 border thumbnail P158 Prospect Park South Historic District 1906
233 border thumbnail P233 Crown Heights North III Historic District c1896-1897
A small knot in the front hall. Knot width is 6". Band width is 3/4". Inner square is 1". Slats surrounding bands are 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with four 2" wide slats in an 8" square.
90 border thumbnail P090 Prospect Heights Historic District 1901
It lacks an outer strip that you see on the others. In spreadsheet enter 1.5 for diameter of inner square, 1.5 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips. Not sure what inner field is. Note lack of mitering in inner slat.
179 border thumbnail P179 Stuyvesant Heights 1892
No measurements taken. Probably the same as #90.

Most Common: Single Corner Square (Incorrect)

50 border thumbnail P050 Crown Heights North I 1894
In spreadsheet enter =1+3/16 for diameter of inner square, 0.875 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.
45 border thumbnail P045 Crown Heights North II 1897
The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. In spreadsheet enter =1+1/16 for diameter of inner square, 1" for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.
128 border thumbnail P128 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1886
The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. Inner square is 1-1/8". Bands are 7/8" wide. Surrounding wood is 2" wide. Inner field is 2" slats diagonally.
29 border thumbnail P029 Beverley Square West early 1900s
The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. Center square and mahogany strip are 1", making the knot 7" in diameter. This has a solid 2"×2" block in the lower left. Three pieces there is better.
114 border thumbnail P114 Beverly Square West 1902
3/4" strips give a knot width of 5-1/4". Inner field is 1-3/4" slats in 12-1/4" fingerblock.

Most Common: Striped Ribbons: Single Slat Between Bands

I prefer this over the flipped.

225 border thumbnail P225 Park Slope Historic District c1899
Mahogany bands are 1/2" and oak is 1/4". Inner square is 1-1/4". Between and surrounding bands is 2" wide oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 12" square.

Most Common: Striped Ribbons: Two Slats Between Bands

3 border thumbnail P003 Clinton Hill early 1900s
The house was built in 1872. This had to have been added later. Probably early 1900s. The ribbon appears to be cherry and maple. The knotted corner is 8-3/4". See measured drawing. I have a spreadsheet that calculates all piece sizes. (Input is: 1.25 for inner square, 0.25 for inner strip, and 0.5 for outer strips.) For a smaller room I could see having only one 2" strip between the cherry, instead of the two shown here.
133 border thumbnail P133 Central Park Slope 1901?
Inner square is 1-1/4". Maple inner strip is 1/4". Mahogany side strips are 1/2". Surrounding strips are 2" wide. Inner field is 1-3/8" strip in 8-1/4" fingerblock.
19 border thumbnail P019 Lefferts Manor 1909
The darker wood is not as dark as the previous above. I prefer it darker. Note the interlace is backwards from the previous one. To get piece sizes, use common knot spreadsheet and enter 1.625 for diameter of inner square, 0.25 for width of inner strip, and 0.46875 (11/32") for width of outer strips.
60 border thumbnail P060 South Midwood 1927
My first five stripe band. Note late date. Sawing technology must have improved. The strip widths are 1/4", 1/4", 1/8", 1/4", 1/4". The center block is 2" square. Spreadsheet would need enhancing, but won't be. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1" wide slats in a 12" square.

Flipped

Note the pattern is flipped from the way it was above. I prefer the above.

11 border thumbnail P011 Windsor Terrace, Park Frontage 1911
Mahogony strips are 3/4" wide. The corner pictures as 6-7/8", but I only came up with 6-3/4". See measured drawing. Inner square is 1-1/4" diameter. Width of inner strip is 3/4". Width of outer strips is 0. Field is 12" parquet squares diagonally.
142 border thumbnail P142 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1915
Inner block and strip width is 1-7/16". Surrounding is a 2" strip. Inner field is 1" strips in fingerblock.
62 border thumbnail P062 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1899
Center square is 1-1/4". Mahogany strips are 3/4". Inner field fingerblock has 1" slats in 12" squares. Outer field is 2" slats.
175 border thumbnail P175 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906
Bands and inner square are 1". Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
199 border thumbnail P199 Caton Park Year?
Bands are 7/8" wide. Inner square is 1-3/16" wide. Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
39 border thumbnail P039 Prospect Park South 1915
The inner square is 1-1/2". The mahogany is 1/2". The maple is 1/4". Overall knot diameter is 9-1/2". Is inverse of my spreadsheet.

Flipped: Single Corner Square (Incorrect)

71 border thumbnail P071 South Midwood 1910
My guess at dimensions: inner square is 2" diameter and mahogany bands are 1" wide. Inner field is fingerblock with eight 1-3/8" slats in an 11" block.

Bands Cross Over the Other

148 border thumbnail P148 Park Slope Extension II 1896?
Mahogany bands are 7/8". Oak strips between are 1-5/8". That gives a pattern width of 5". Surrounding is 1-3/4" strips. Inner field diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" strips in a 12" square.
221 border thumbnail P221 Crown Heights North II c1907
Mahogany bands are 1-1/2" wide. Oak between and around is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

Meanders (Greek Keys/Frets)

The pattern is called meander, Labyrinth, and Maze. This was one of the first border patterns to become popular.


Square Wave

167 border thumbnail P167 South Midwood Year?
164 border thumbnail P164 South Midwood Year?
All corners covered. Bands are 1-1/2" wide. Border width is 7". Then surrounded by 1-1/2" oak, 1" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
222 border thumbnail P222 West Midwood c1910
This border was in the hall on the second floor. This was the only picture I was able to get in the house. The first floor was entirely carpeted wall-to-wall. On the second floor the three bedrooms had good patterns, with one being a triple twist. But all had furniture and stuff covering all corners. Pictured here is the starting corner in the hall. Note how nicely the square wave melds with the corner block. The pattern border width is 5-1/4". Mahogany bands are 3/4" with 1/4" maple between. Oak background blocks are 3-1/2" × 1-3/4". Surrounded by 1-3/8" oak strips. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.
99 border thumbnail P099 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1901
A square wave. Border pattern width is 5". Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Maple bands are 1/4". Oak rectangles are 1-5/8" × 3-1/4". Side oak strips are 1-1/2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" wide strips in an 8" square. The same border, not pictured here, has an inner field of diagonal fingerblock with six 1-1/2" wide strips in a 9" square.
193 border thumbnail P193 Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906
Pattern border is 5" wide. In the ribbon the mahogany is 3/4" and the oak 1/4" wide. Oak inner blocks are 1-5/8" × 3-1/4". Surrounding oak strip is 1-1/2" wide. A very interesting inner field. Maple strips are 1/2" wide. Fingerblock has three fingers 1-5/8" × 5-7/8".

Linked Boxes

28 border thumbnail P028 Beverley Square West 1900
This can be looked at as a chained Othala rune that has been stretched and then attached together. The center maple band is 3/4" and the outer walnut ones are 1/8". Inner squares are 1-3/4" on a side. There is a 1/4" gap between corners. Border width is 6-3/8", split into two 2-5/8" boards and a 1-1/8" center board. Maple feature strip is 1-3/8". Oak strip between the maple and the border is 1-3/4". Outer oak strip is 2". The Chicago Floor Co has this pattern in No. 60. It has a corner.

"L" Meander: Thin Meander

Unequal strip widths add a rare twist to the common "L". More like the "T" meander.

177 border thumbnail P177 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906
In a front hall. Reversed coloring. Very lovely. Maple band is 3/8" wide. Mahogany is 1" wide. Making a 3-1/8" wide pattern. Larger right trapezoid is 3-7/8" long. Surrounding is 1-3/8" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in 8" diagonal fingerblock.
172 border thumbnail P172 West Midwood 1906
The mahogany is 3/8" wide. The oak in between is 1" wide. Giving a pattern border of 3-1/4" wide. Surrounding is 1-3/8" oak, 1/2" mahogany and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

"L" Meander: Common

The following Greek Fret (Greek Key) is a common border and corner. I have a spreadsheet that calculates the sizes of all pieces based on a given strip width.

27 border thumbnail P027 Caton Park 1909
Again, like the other room in the same house, they put effort into getting the pattern to go around the fireplace.
153 border thumbnail P153 Ditmas Park 1907
Having maple for the insides is unusual.
209 border thumbnail P209 Fiske Terrace 1905
Pattern border is 6" wide. Each band is 1.2" wide. Ratio is 4. Surrounding is 2" oak, 1-1/4" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/4" wide slats in a 11-1/4"? square.
4 border thumbnail P004 Bushwick 1897
This is similar to the one above, but the corner and dimensions are different. This has the right corner for this border. This was another one that was difficult to figure out the dimensions. I wasn't expecting it to be in thirds of inches (or twelfths). This is E.L. Roberts No. 2408 with an extra mahogany strip around it. See measured drawing.
187 border thumbnail P187 Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892
Overall border is 6" wide. Strip width is 6/7". Inner field is straight 8" fingerblock with 2" wide fingers.
119 border thumbnail P119 Crown Heights South 1913
Pattern width is 4-3/8" wide (5 × 7/8"). Repeat is 7" (8 × 7/8"). Inner field is 1-1/4" slats in 7-1/2" fingerblock.
10 border thumbnail P010 Windsor Terrace, Park Frontage 1911
The pattern here in a narrower size. Only two woods: mahogany and oak. The field parquet is 8" square, with four 2" wide strips. The corner and border are clearly 6" wide. I fudged the dimensions to make it 6-1/8" wide. I didn't see how seven divides into 6". This is E.L. Roberts No. 2382. See measured drawing.

"L" Meander: Common: Folded Ribbon Corners

2 border thumbnail P002 Clinton Hill early 1900s
The house was built in 1872, but this flooring had to have have been added later. Most likely early 1900s. This appears to have only two woods: mahogany and oak. Though the wood between the mahogany may be a different type. See measured drawings.
55 border thumbnail P055 Bedford Section 1881
The bands are 3/4" wide, giving a pattern width of 4". In spreadsheet, use 3/4" for width of strips and 4.5 for middle piece length. For the corner enter 1" for strip width.

"L" Meander: Common: Pinwheel Corners

All of the borders in this section have the same dimensions. See spreadsheet. The middle piece is 5" long, giving a repeat of 8". The bands are 1" wide, giving a pattern width of 5". The outer mahogany band is 1-1/2" wide. Giving an overall border width of 10". Between the border and inner field should be a mitered strip. It is missing in some of these. In house build year order.

56 border thumbnail P056 Bedford Section 1881
House is too old. This must be a refloor.
126 border thumbnail P126 Crown Heights North Historic District 1890
Inner field is 2" slats in 8" diagonal fingerblock.
51 border thumbnail P051 Crown Heights North I 1894
82 border thumbnail P082 South Midwood 1897
Inner field is 1" slats in a 12" diagonal fingerblock.
85 border thumbnail P085 South Midwood 1901
Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
176 border thumbnail P176 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906
147 border thumbnail P147 Park Slope Historic District 1908
Inner field is 1-3/4" strips in fingerblock.
138 border thumbnail P138 Lefferts Manor 1910
Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in 12" fingerblock.
68 border thumbnail P068 South Midwood 1910
Inner field is diagonal slats 1-1/2" wide.
198 border thumbnail P198 Caton Park Year?
This is one of the rare ones that miters around the corner block. Bands are 1" walnut. Surrounding is 1-3/8" walnut and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in probably a 12" square.

"L" Meander: Common: Pinwheel Corners and Extra Strips

173 border thumbnail P173 West Midwood 1906
The junction of the inner oak strip should have been mitered. This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside only.
150 border thumbnail P150 West Midwood 1908-11
Bands are 1" wide. Ratio is 4. This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside only. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
178 border thumbnail P178 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906
This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside and inside. Making for a very wide border overall. They did miter the mahogany around the corner block, which delineates the block better.

The "T" Meander

I created a spreadsheet that has the sizes of all pieces.

220 border thumbnail P220 Crown Heights North II c1907
Not only did this house have six borders worth photgraphing, but the floors were put down by experienced craftsmen. With a little effort one can blend this pattern around the corner. All corners, expect not the corner with the beginning and end. That corner has to and had a corner block. Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. Oak between the border and the inner field is 2" wide. The inner field is diagonal fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.
26 border thumbnail P026 Caton Park 1909
A page on Caton Park. I like the way they took this pattern around the corners of this fireplace. The fret pattern is 6-1/2" wide and has a 12" repeat.
112 border thumbnail P112 Park Slope 1909 - Apartment.
They could have done a better job of integrating the border (1/2" mahogany strip surrounding by 1-1/4" oak). Pattern border is 6" wide.
154 border thumbnail P154 Ditmas Park 1907
Ribbons are 1/2". The wide band is 1-3/8". This is repeated for the surrounding strips. The inner field is 1-3/8" slats in 11"? fingerblock.
197 border thumbnail P197 Caton Park Year?
Walnut bands are 1/2" wide. Same dimensions as the others. Inner field is diagonal slats 2" wide.
53 border thumbnail P053 Crown Heights North I 1894
Instead of going around the corner here's a nice corner block. Though the corner's feature strips didn't get a clean intersection. The pattern is 5-15/16" wide. In T-Meander spreadsheet enter =1+5/16 rectangle width and 1/2 for strips.
107 border thumbnail P107 Midwood Park Historic District 1904
The inner border width is 6". The mahogany strips are 1/2". The oak pieces are 1-5/16" wide. That makes the oak right trapezoids 2-7/8" high. The oak Isosceles trapezoids are 8-5/8" wide. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.
194 border thumbnail P194 Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906
The same measurements as #107. Note interesting inner field.

Two Line Meanders


Left Facing

You can see a left-facing swastika in the pattern (the Nazis used a right-facing one). It makes for pretty corners.

96 border thumbnail P096 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1897
Border pattern width is 6", making the strip width 1.2". It is surrounded by feature strips of 2" oak and 1" mahogany. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".
231 border thumbnail P231 Crown Heights North 1897
Banding and spacing is 1-1/4" giving a pattern border width of 6-1/4". It is surrounding by 1-5/8" or 1-7/8" wide oak, then surrounded with 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with six 2" slats in a 12" square.
144 border thumbnail P144 Park Slope Historic District 1891
Mahogany bands and space between are 1-5/16". Pattern border is 6-9/16". Surrounding bands are 1-5/8" wide. Inner field is 1-3/8" strips in 12-3/8" fingerblock.
188 border thumbnail P188 Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892
Overall pattern border is 6" wide. Ribbon width is 1/5 of that. Surrounding oak is 2" wide. The mahogany strip is 1". Inner field is diagonal 11" fingerblock with 1-3/8" fingers.

Right Facing

189 border thumbnail P189 Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892
The ribbon has 9/16" mahogany and 1/4" maple bands. The oak between the ribbons is 1-1/4" wide. Giving a pattern border of 6-5/8". Surrounding is 1-3/4" oak, 1-5/8" cherry and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" fingers in 8" square.
217 border thumbnail P217 Crown Heights North II c1907
All banding is 1-3/8" wide, giving a pattern border of 6-7/8" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.
228 border thumbnail P228 Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?
The floors in this house are being restored by the homeowner. Overall pattern width is 6-9/16" wide. Mahogany bands and oak background in the meander are 1-5/16" wide. Surrounded by 1-1/2" oak. Then surounded with 1-3/8" oak, 3/8" mahogany, and 1-3/8" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 8" square.

Embellished

191 border thumbnail P191 Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906
This is a wide border. This was in the parlor and down the middle of hallways. Strips are 1-1/8" wide, making the pattern border 14-5/8" wide. Surrounding is 2" oak and 1/2" mahogany, making the entire border 19-5/8" wide. There was no corner block. Note interesting inner field. Field squares are about 12-1/4" wide.

Single Folded Ribbon: Flattened


Zig-Zag Fold: Helix

23 border thumbnail P023 Lefferts Manor 1909
See measured drawing. I created a spreadsheet to calculate piece dimensions. Woods are mahogany (or is it cherry?), maple, and quarter-cut American white oak. The field wood here is diagonal fingerblocks of nine strips of 1-3/8" × 12-3/8". Note when wood strips are only 1-3/8" wide, they only get a single nail across.
200 border thumbnail P200 Ditmas Park West Year?
Pattern border is 3-7/8" wide. Bands are 2-3/4" wide. Surrounding is 1" mahogany and 1/2" oak. Inner field is straight fingerblock with 1-1/4" slats in a 12" square.
91 border thumbnail P091 Crown Heights South 1913
This is the same pattern as the previous. And the same dimensions in its spreadsheet. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.
83 border thumbnail P083 South Midwood 1897
Unfortunate seam. In Flattened Helix spreadsheet enter 2.75" for the width of strips, and 7/8" and 3/8" for the height of the trapezoids. But this is not really the same as the above. This has single blocks [which have split] for when the ribbon is showing its back. Inner field is fingerblock laid straight with 1" slats in a 12" square. Outer field is 2" wide random length slats.
130 border thumbnail P130 Oshkosh Designs 2015
Custom made for Park Slope kitchen. Oak, maple and American cherry. There should have been an oak slat between the border and inner field, but it was forgotten at installation. The second mistake made was stainless steel nails were inadvertantly purchased and used. Now the nails will stay shiny, and they shouldn't. The third mistake is the corner block triangles should be a mix of oak and maple. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/4" wide slats in 8-3/4" squares.
120 border thumbnail P120 Crown Heights South 1913
Pattern border is 2-7/8" wide. Rectangles in pattern are 1-3/8" × 2-5/8". Side border strips are 1-5/8". Can use Flattened Helix spreadsheet. Inner field is 1-3/8" slats in 8-1/4" fingerblock.

Zig-Zag Fold: Alternate Folds

124 border thumbnail P124 West Midwood 1908
Pattern border is 3" wide with 1-1/2" strip alongside. The ribbon pieces are all the same size here.

Folded From Side-to-Side

166 border thumbnail P166 South Midwood Year?
Very unusual to have a striped ribbon. Nice for a change, though it kind of fades away Maybe better if the ribbon colors were reversed. Mahogany strip is 1/4". Maple sides are 9/16". Giving a total ribbon width of 1-3/8". Pattern border width is 5-1/4". Surrounded by 1-3/8" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in diagonal 8" fingerblock.
7 border thumbnail P007 Bushwick 1897
Three woods: mahogany, maple and oak. See measured drawings. I have a spreadsheet that calculates the sizes of all pieces based on a given strip width. Inner field is fingerblock parquet in 12" square.
44 border thumbnail P044 North Park Slope 1880
This ribbon is the same as Side-to-Side spreadsheet. Enter 1.5 for the width and 5.25 for the height. The direction of the fold is just reversed. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide fingers.
43 border thumbnail P043 North Park Slope 1880
A smaller version. This floor (and the other from this house) may have been added a couple decades later. This ribbon can be calculated from Side-to-Side spreadsheet by entering 0.875 for the width, 2.625 for the height, and =13/16 for the corner strip width. This gives a ribbon width of 4-3/8" and a corner/border size of 6". Inner field is fingerblock parquet with four 2" fingers in 8" square.
229 border thumbnail P229 Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?
The overall border, including side bands, is 6" wide. Inner rectangle is 7/8" × 2-5/8", or a 1:3 ratio. All banding in the border is 7/8" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 8" square.
105 border thumbnail P105 Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1899
The border's inner rectangles are 1" × 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" wide slats in a 6" square.

Folded From Side-to-Side: Corners Without Bullseye: Center Quartered

16 border thumbnail P016 Crown Heights North 1910
Compared to the above, this one has narrowed the width of the ribbon, and exaggerated the feature strips, which are unique here. This ribbon can be calculated from Side-to-Side spreadsheet by entering 1.5 for the width and 3.5 for the height. The mahogany bands are 7/8" and the oak between them is 1-3/4". The field wood here has 1-3/8" strips that are perpendicular to the borders and mitered towards the center.
72 border thumbnail P072 Midwood Park 1905
Strip width is 1-3/4". Ratio is 3. Note uncommon banding around pattern here.
86 border thumbnail P086 South Midwood 1901
The ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Inner rectangle is 3-3/8" high. Feature strips are 1", 1/2" (mahogany), 1-5/16".
111 border thumbnail P111 Park Slope 1909 - Apartment.
Pattern inner block is 1-1/2" × 3". Border is 1", 1/2' and 1-1/2" strips. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 12" fingerblock.

Folded From Side-to-Side: Corners Without Bullseye: Center Halved

202 border thumbnail P202 Park Slope Historic District 1890
Pattern border is 6". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Ratio is 2. Surrounding is 1", 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.
79 border thumbnail P079 Lefferts Manor 1899
They had this folded pattern in all the major rooms. Bands are 1-1/2" wide and ratio is 2. This is the same as the next one. And near it in year.
94 border thumbnail P094 Crown Heights South 1913
Inner rectangle is 1-1/2" × 3". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" squares.
88 border thumbnail P088 Prospect Heights Historic District 1901
Inner rectangle is 1-1/2" × 3", giving a pattern width of 6". Side strips are usual 1" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-1/2" oak, but then here there is then a 1-1/2" strip of mahogany surrounding the border and corner. Inner field is fingerblock parquet using 1-1/2" wide slats in a 12" square.
113 border thumbnail P113 Beverly Square West 1902
Pattern inner block is 1-1/2" × 3". Border is 1", 1/2' and 1-1/2" strips. Inner field is 1-3/4" slats in fingerblock.
132 border thumbnail P132 Central Park Slope 1901?
Dimensions are the same as #88, but this lacks the extra bold stripes. Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in 7-1/2" fingerblock.

Folded Into Circles

This is the JP Morgan Chase logo.

168 border thumbnail P168 Fiske Terrace 1908
Center square is 2". Border width is three times that and repeat is four times that.
36 border thumbnail P036 Midwood Park 1907-1908
Center square is 2". Border width is three times that and repeat is four times that. Note that not all circles here are true folds. When correct the woods alternate as you go around a circle. As seen here, in the outer circles, but not the inner two.

Two Folded Flattened Ribbons


Diagonal

Both of these have alternate folds and not helix folds.

136 border thumbnail P136 West Midwood 1908-11
Inner squares and strip widths are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern border width is. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is 2" strips diagonally.
134 border thumbnail P134 Central Park Slope 1901?
Inner squares and strip widths are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern border width is. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in fingerblock.

Right Angles

125 border thumbnail P125 Crown Heights North Historic District 1890
The ribbon is 1-3/8" wide, giving a pattern width of 6-7/8". The ribbon's mahogany is 9/16" and the maple is 1/4". The oak rectanular block is 4-1/4" long, giving a repeat of 7". Surrounding stripes are 1-1/2" oak, 1-1/2" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in a fingerblock.
131 border thumbnail P131 Central Park Slope 1901?
They botched the slat width in the border. Dimensions are the same as #125.

Single Folded Open Ribbon


Zig-Zag Fold: 90°

31 border thumbnail P031 Fiske Terrace 1906
Folded. Border width is 5". Width of parallelograms calculated from that. Walnut strips are 1-3/8". Oak strips are 1-1/2". Making a total border width of 10-3/4".
106 border thumbnail P106 Midwood Park Historic District 1904
The pattern width is 4". The side strips are 1/2" for the maple and mahogany, and 1" for the oak. Giving an overall border width of 8". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.
34 border thumbnail P034 Midwood Park 1907-1908
The pattern width is 4". The first oak strip is 1/2", the mahogany strip is 1/2" and the outer oak strip is 1". Making a total border width of 8". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Spacing calculated from those.
67 border thumbnail P067 Ditmas Park 1904

Zig-Zag Fold: 30°/120°

69 border thumbnail P069 South Midwood 1910
Overall pattern width is 6-7/8". Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. Inner field has diagonal slats 2" wide.
102 border thumbnail P102 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1901
The same as the previous, but with different feature striping. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock is 2" wide strips in an 8" square.

Receding Fold

110 border thumbnail P110 Park Slope 1909 - Apartment.
Border pattern is 4-7/8" wide with 1-1/2" strips alongside. Giving a total border width of 7-7/8". Trapezoids are 1-3/8" high. Corner block is 4-1/8" with 3/16" border and then 1-5/8" border. Total block is 8-3/4" wide. The block does appear to be a little less! Field is 2" slats in 8" fingerblock.

Square Fold

All of these have the same dimensions. All were installed during a short time stretch. Five color banded folded ribbon. Woods: walnut: 1/2", maple: 1/2", mahogany: 1", maple: 1/2", walnut: 1/2". Border width is 6". Lots of 30°/120° angles in this one. Surrounding strips are " oak, 1/2" mahogany and " oak.

123 border thumbnail P123 West Midwood 1908
152 border thumbnail P152 Ditmas Park 1907
155 border thumbnail P155 Crown Heights North Historic District II 1909
This one has an extra plank between the border and inner field. They are mitered. The planks on the outside are never mitered.
170 border thumbnail P170 Fiske Terrace 1908
Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
35 border thumbnail P035 Midwood Park 1907-1908

Ribbons Twisted Around A Pipe


Square Wave (Meander) Ribbon

135 border thumbnail P135 West Midwood 1908-11
This pattern lends itself to nice corners without using a corner block. Maple and mahogany strips are 1" wide. Inner strip is 1/2" wide. Pattern border is then 4" wide. Distance inside wave is 5", making a repeat 12". Surrounding are 1" oak strips. Inner field is 2" strips laid diagonally.
169 border thumbnail P169 Fiske Terrace 1908
The corner is wrong here. It may be a poor repair job. Maple pipe and cherry ribbon are 1" wide. Oak rectangles are 1/2" and 1-1/2" × 5". Surrounding is 1" oak, 1/2" walnut, 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Horizontal Ribbon

64 border thumbnail P064 Ditmas Park 1904
Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Field is diagonal slats that are 1-3/4" wide. They did a nice job getting the ribbon to go through the corner.
74 border thumbnail P074 West Midwood 1905
This was in a hall. Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Field is diagonal slats that are 2" wide.
57 border thumbnail P057 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1913
Walnut appears to be the dark wood. Walnut band is 1-1/2" wide. Mahogany band is 2-1/8" wide. Pipe is narrower in this one; only 1" wide within a 4" wide pattern. I don't like that the ribbon width changes, depending on which side is shown.
140 border thumbnail P140 Lefferts Manor 1910
Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Surrounding is 7/8" maple and 1/4" mahogany. Inner field is 2" strips in 12" fingerblock.
215 border thumbnail P215 West Midwood Year?
This was in a small room that you passed through from the foyer to the main room. Ribbon pattern is 3" wide. Mahogany pipe is about 11/16" wide. Surrounding is 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
183 border thumbnail P183 Stuyvesant Heights 1892
This is the corner they started the border from. Note the change in ribbon wood from walnut to mahogany in the corner. One corner did have a corner block, but it wasn't the right one. Being a hall the fingerblock is small. No measurements taken, but my guess is the overall pattern border is the usual 4". First surrounding strip is 1-1/8 oak", then 1/2" mahogany, then 2" oak. Fingerblock is laid straight in 7" blocks with 6 varying width strips.
115 border thumbnail P115 Prospect Park South Historic District 1903
This is an example of how not to do a corner. Pattern border is 3" wide, surrounded by 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, then 1-1/2" oak, etc. Center pipe is 3/4". Repeat is 5-7/8": 2-3/8" side of parallelogram, 3-1/2" bottom of trapezoid. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonally.
156 border thumbnail P156 Crown Heights North Historic District II 1909

Horizontal Ribbon: Alternate Corners

40 border thumbnail P040 Prospect Park South 1915
In spreadsheet enter in row: A - 2", C - walnut, E - 0, H/J - 13/16, I - 1/4. Corner has two walnut squares and two mahogany square. Gives a pattern border 4-1/4" wide and corner width of 8". Feature stripes beyond border and corner: cherry: 1/2", maple: 1/4", Total border is 10-1/2". Field wood is in 1" wide strips. The fingerblock parquet has at least 12 strips in the block.
6 border thumbnail P006 Bushwick 1897
We have four woods in this one. There are two different dark woods (probably cherry and mahogany). Also the grains are rotated in the square. Field is 8" square with 6 unequal strips (4 × 1-5/16" + 2 × 1-3/8" = 8")]. Note the parquet is diagonal to match the diagonals of the ribbon. This one might would look better if the center of the corner had a square of maple. Figuring out the measurements wasn't easy on this one. See measured drawing. Also see spreadsheet piece calculator. Those odd decimals are close to 1/12's.

Vertical Ribbon

A spreadsheet exists that can calculate all of the below borders and standard corner.

1 border thumbnail P001 Source Unknown
Corner unknown. Four woods. Vertical Ribbon. Inner border is 7 1/2" wide, and the full border is 12". See measured drawing. Enter into spreadsheet 2.5 for width of parallelogram and 1.125 for rectangle width. I prefer the alternative wood selections over what is pictured here (dark/light flipped). This is also similar to No. 2414 in the E.L. Roberts 1903 and 1908 catalogs.
137 border thumbnail P137 West Midwood 1908-11
Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Oak strips are 1-1/8" with 1/2" mahogany. Inner field is 2" strips laid straight.

Vertical Ribbon: Usual Corner

30 border thumbnail P030 Fiske Terrace 1906
Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Oak strips are 1-1/2" making a corner of 10". Walnut feature strips are 1-3/8", making a total border width of 12-3/4".
32 border thumbnail P032 Fiske Terrace 1906
Vertical with solid pipe. Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Outer oak and mahogany strips are 1-3/8" wide.

Vertical Ribbon: Bullseye Corner

160 border thumbnail P160 Ditmas Park 1903
An unusual corner for a pipe. An unusual coloring in the pipe and ribbon. The maple band is 1-1/4", the walnut surrounding is 5/8". Distance outside the pipe is 2-3/4", giving a border of 7-3/4". Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
174 border thumbnail P174 West Midwood 1906
Reversed coloring and a lovely pipe on this one. Oak pipe is 1", surrounded by 1/2" walnut. Pattern border width is 6-1/2+". Surrounding is 1/2" walnut and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
192 border thumbnail P192 Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906
This border was in two rooms. Pattern border is 6-1/2" wide. Pipe is 1/2" walnut and 1" maple. Surrounding is 1/2" walnut and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is diagonal 12" fingerblock with 2" fingers.
214 border thumbnail P214 West Midwood Year?
Pattern border is 6-1/2" wide. Maple pipe is 1", surrounding is 1/2" walnut, giving a 2" wide pipe. Background triangles are 2-1/4" high. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Vertical Ribbon: Exploding Corner

207 border thumbnail P207 Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?
A new corner for me. The highlight of the day. It has a lovely color from the aging oil-based finish. Pipe and side space are 2-3/16" wide. Overall pattern is 6-1/2". Repeat is 4-3/8" with 2-3/16" each for ribbon and pipe. Surrounding is 1-3/4" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany, 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal 2" slats.

S Ribbon

146 border thumbnail P146 Park Slope Historic District 1891
Oak bands are 5/8" and mahogany bands are 1/2". Pattern border is 8-5/8" wide. Surrounding strip is 1-5/16". Inner field is 2" wide strips in 12" fingerblock.

Two Twisted Ribbons: 90°: No Gaps

The ribbon is tightly wound with no openings. It can be solid or striped. All borders on this page can be calculated on the 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet (by setting the gap to 0).


Corner #1

14 border thumbnail P014 Park Slope 1885
From a hall. A double twisted ribbon. The ribbons are tight enough that there is no hole in the middle. See measured drawing. You can calculate the pieces for here by using the spreadsheet and setting A to 0, C to 1.325825, and D to 0.
54 border thumbnail P054 Crown Heights North I 1894
Pieces assembled in the opposite direction of the previous. You can calculate the pieces for here by using the spreadsheet and setting A to 0, C to =2+19/32, and D to 0. Giving a pattern width of 7-5/16".
77 border thumbnail P077 West Midwood 1905
Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern width is 7". Inner field is straight fingerblock with slats of 1" in a 12" square.
212 border thumbnail P212 Fiske Terrace 1905
Ribbon width is 2-1/2". Pattern border is about 6-15/16" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak, 5/8" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in 12-3/8" square
92 border thumbnail P092 Crown Heights South 1913
Ribbons are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in 2" slats in 12" squares.
121 border thumbnail P121 Crown Heights South 1913
A larger version of this pattern. Pattern border is 7" wide. Parallelogram is 2-1/2" high. Border repeat is 3-1/2". Inner field is 1-1/4" slat in fingerblock.

Corner #2

180 border thumbnail P180 Stuyvesant Heights 1892
No measurements taken.

Corner #3

171 border thumbnail P171 West Midwood 1906
A different corner. Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern border is 7". Surrounded by 1-1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Corner #4

73 border thumbnail P073 Midwood Park 1905
Ribbons are 2-1/8" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in probably a 10" square.
103 border thumbnail P103 Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1899
Ribbons are 2-1/8" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" wide slats in 12" square.
195 border thumbnail P195 Prospect Heights Historic District 1897
Pattern border is 6" wide. Bands are 2-1/8" wide. Surrounding is 2", 1-1/2", and 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in a 12" or 12-3/8" square
196 border thumbnail P196 Prospect Heights Historic District 1897
Pattern border is 4" wide. Surrounding is 1", 1" and 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/4" slats in a 7-1/2" square.

Unknown Corners

162 border thumbnail P162 Ditmas Park 1908
Unusual for the ribbon to be striped on this design. Very lovely. The inner maple band is 1-1/4" wide. Outer bands are 5/8" wide. Surrounding the twist is 1/2" maple, 2" oak, and 1-3/8" mahogany.
66 border thumbnail P066 Ditmas Park 1904
Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Feature strips are 1-1/2", 1-1/2", 1-3/4". Inner field is diagonal slats 1-3/4" wide.
75 border thumbnail P075 West Midwood 1905
All corners were covered. Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern width is 7". Inner field is straight slats of 1-3/8".
116 border thumbnail P116 Prospect Park South Historic District 1903
6" wide border. Hypotenuse of side right triangles are 2-7/8". Border stripes are 2", 3/4", 1-1/2". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonal.

Two Twisted Ribbons: 90°: Gaps


Ribbons Intersect

Instead of one of the ribbons overlapping the other, this one has a different wood at the intersection. Though the grain is rotated 90° from the holes between the ribbons. This pattern can also be looked at as a chain of squares. This pattern could go around the corner. You cut in the middle of a repeat. For piece dimensions use: 2-Ribbons-90-Gaps-Intersect.xls spreadsheet

52 border thumbnail P052 Crown Heights North I 1894
This is the same as #21 with 1-3/4" for width of strip.
21 border thumbnail P021 Lefferts Manor 1909
157 border thumbnail P157 Crown Heights North Historic District II 1909
159 border thumbnail P159 Ditmas Park 1903
76 border thumbnail P076 West Midwood 1905
65 border thumbnail P065 Ditmas Park 1904
Bands are 1-3/4" wide. Inner field is diagonal slats 1-3/4" wide.
151 border thumbnail P151 West Midwood 1908-11
Ribbons are 1-3/4" wide. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Ribbons Overlap

Spreadsheet: 2-Ribbons-90-Gaps-Overlap.xls

87 border thumbnail P087 Prospect Heights Historic District 1901
This is a more practical variant of the one below from the catalog with a triple-stripe band. You have mahogany and quarter-sawn oak ribbons on a maple background. 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet will get the piece sizes, but not the quantity by wood type. Ribbon width is 1". Inner square is 3/4". Giving a 4" wide pattern with 1" wide oak strips along each side. A perfect size for a hall. One of my favorites. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 1-1/2" wide slats in a 9" square.
190 border thumbnail P190 Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892
Pattern border is 7-1/2" wide. Surrounding is 1-5/8" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany and 2" oak. Inner field is 8" diagonal fingerblock with four fingers.
211 border thumbnail P211 Fiske Terrace 1905
Pattern border is 7-1/2" wide. Maple square is 2-5/8". Mahogany ribbons are 1-3/8". Surrounding is 1" oak, 1/4" mahogany, 1" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany. Inner field is 2" slats laid straight.
97 border thumbnail P097 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1897
The ribbon has a strip width of 1", giving the border pattern a width of 4-1/4". It is surrounded by feature strips of 1" oak, 1" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".
15 border thumbnail P015 From Parquet Floors and Borders, 1895, page 35.
See in archive.org. I like the border continuing around the corner and there not being a corner block. A miter in the right place puts them together. I changed the feature strips from the picture to ribbons matching the inner twisted ribbons. The usual way. I made various measured drawings. See 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.

Embellished

141 border thumbnail P141 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1915
Inner squares are 1-5/8". Band width is 7/8". Inner field is 1" strips in 12" fingerblock.

Two Twisted Ribbons: 30°/120°


Tightly Wound, No Openings

49 border thumbnail P049 Crown Heights North I 1894
Has 30°/60° peaks. This would have been harder to make. Ribbons are 1-3/8" wide. Field is fingerblock parquet with four strips of 2" × 8".

Gaps Between Ribbons: Ribbons Overlap

139 border thumbnail P139 Lefferts Manor 1910
Strips are 1" wide, giving a pattern width of 6". Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in 12" fingerblock laid straight.
98 border thumbnail P098 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1897
Strips are 1" wide, giving a pattern width of 6". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".
232 border thumbnail P232 Crown Heights North 1897
Pattern width is 7" wide. Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Oak is 1-3/8" wide. It is surrounded by 1-1/2" rippled wood, 7/8" light mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 7/8" mahogany, and 1-3/8" oak. There were no corner blocks. Inner field is herringbone fingerblock with 1" to 1-1/4" slats in about a 7-1/2" to 15" rectangle.
223 border thumbnail P223 Crown Heights South c1901
Pattern border is 5-7/16" wide. Mahogany and oak bands, and oak triangles height are all 29/32". Surrounded by 7/8" dark oak, 1" maple and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.

Gaps Between Ribbons: Ribbons Overlap: Alternate Corner

184 border thumbnail P184 Northern Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?
This appeared in two rooms at this house. Each ribbon is 1-1/3" wide, giving the pattern border an 8" width. The inner ribbon is 3/8" walnut and 1/2" mahogany. Surrounding strips are 3/4" oak and 1/2" maple. Inner field is 2-1/4" planks in 11-1/4" square fingerblock laid diagonally.
109 border thumbnail P109 Park Slope North 1889

Two Twisted Ribbons: Uneven Spacing


Simple Crossover

48 border thumbnail P048 Crown Heights North I 1894
The ribbon crossing is a simplification of the twist above, but where this one stands out is the use of five stripes for the ribbons. The tradeoff being there are no feature strips. The outer mahogany and maple stripes are 1/4". The inside walnut is 3/4". The inner section is 1-7/8" wide. Giving a pattern width of 5-3/8". This will require a new spreadsheet.
219 border thumbnail P219 Crown Heights North II c1907
This was the most expensive border in the house. The house had six borders that I photographed. Skinny bands are 1/4" wide. Walnut in the ribbon middle is 3/4" wide. In between ribbon is 1-1/2". Making the pattern border 5" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is straight fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.
95 border thumbnail P095 Crown Heights South 1913
We have a different corner on this one. Pattern is 5" wide. Maple and walnut strips are 1/4" wide. Mahongany strips appear to be 11/16" wide. Leaving 1-5/8" for the inner oak background. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with four 2" × 8" slats.
227 border thumbnail P227 Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?
The corners were covered with furniture and stuff. Pattern border is 5-3/8" wide. Cherry strips are 1-3/8" wide. Inner oak strips are 1-5/16" wide. Repeat is 12". Surrounded with 1-5/16" oak twice, 3/8" mahogany, and 1-5/16" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in an 8" square.

Crosses Over: No Gap

143 border thumbnail P143 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1912
Mahogany bands are 1" wide. In between the bands is 3". Surrounding bands are 1-3/8". Repeat is 10-3/8". Inner field is 2" wide strips in 8" fingerblock laid straight.
210 border thumbnail P210 Fiske Terrace 1905
Pattern border is 5" wide. Dark bands are 1" wide. Inner oak is 3" wide. Repeat is 10-1/2". Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak, 7/8" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in 12 - 12-3/8" square.

Crosses Over: Gaps

18 border thumbnail P018 Lefferts Manor 1909
This is the above, but with every other repeat stretched. This can go around the corner, like the above, but the lovely corner block makes it easier to lay. The pattern introduces 67.5° angles, making the dimensions much more complicated. Inner maple band is 1/4". Outer walnut bands are 1/2". Inner square is 1-3/8". Oak strips alongside pattern are 1". This is the Extended Variant on 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.
122 border thumbnail P122 West Midwood 1908
Pattern border is 5-1/2". Repeat is 21".
186 border thumbnail P186 Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892
I would think that this is a refloor. Ribbon is 1/2" mahogany and 1/4" maple. Pattern border is 5-1/4". Surrounding oak is 1". Inner field is diagonal 12" fingerblock with 2" wide fingers.
42 border thumbnail P042 Prospect Park South 1915
Inner maple band is 1/4". Outer walnut bands are 1/2". Inner square is 1-3/8". Oak strips alongside pattern are 1". This is the Extended Variant on 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.
161 border thumbnail P161 Ditmas Park 1903

Rhombus Crossover

129 border thumbnail P129 North Park Slope Year?
Maple strips are 1/4" and mahogany center is 1". Inner width is 5", giving a pattern width of 8". Surrounding is 2", 1" mahogany, 2". Repeat is 24". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 9" fingerblock.
203 border thumbnail P203 Park Slope Historic District 1910
Pattern border is 7-7/8" wide. Bands are 1" mahogany and 1/4" maple. Surrounding is 2" oak and 1/2" mahogany. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" slats in am 11" square.
63 border thumbnail P063 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1898
It looks newer than 1898. Could be a refloor. Lots of 30/120 angles. Maple strips are 1/4" and mahogany center is 1". Overall pattern width is 7-5/8". I didn't think to get the distance between rhombuses. Field is elongated fingerblock using four 2" wide slats. Probably 16" long.
100 border thumbnail P100 Bedford-Stuyvesant 1901
Mahogany bands are 1" wide with 1/4" wide surrounding maple bands. Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock with 2" wide slats in an 8" square.

Fancy Crossover

165 border thumbnail P165 South Midwood Year?
Quite the border! The pattern is 9" wide. The band has five parts in three woods: the maple and mahogany are 3/16" and the oak between is 3/4". Center mahogany pieces are 1-1/2" × 13-3/8". Inside oak pieces are 1-1/2" × 11-1/2". Border repeat is ~16-9/16". Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Three Twisted Ribbons


Three Ribbons: 30°/120°

84 border thumbnail P084 Midwood Park 1907
Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. This is the same as #33 below. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
58 border thumbnail P058 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1913
Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. Use 3-Ribbons-30/120 spreadsheet. [Strip height: 2-1/8", Width: 4-3/4"] Corner dimensions are different (and spreadsheet needs enhancing).
33 border thumbnail P033 Midwood Park 1907-1908
Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. Border width of the pattern is 6". Feature stripes are oak: 1-1/2", mahogany: 1/2", oak: 1". They look unbalanced. See spreadsheet.
145 border thumbnail P145 Park Slope Historic District 1891
Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. In between is 11/16". Distance between peaks is 5-5/6". Pattern width is 7-7/8". Surrounding is a 2" band. Inner field is 2" strips in 12" fingerblock.

Three Ribbons: 90°

108 border thumbnail P108 Midwood Park Historic District 1904
A very lovely border with four woods. Overall pattern border is 7.78", with 2" of oak and 1-3/8" of mahogany surround it. The inner squares may actually be two right triangles. Pieces can be calculated in the 3-Ribbons-90 spreadsheet by setting C to zero, and A and D to 1.375". Surrounding is 2" quarter sawn oak, 1-3/8" mahogany, and 2" plain sawn oak. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.
24 border thumbnail P024 Park Slope Mansion 1900
Three twisted ribbons. It sticks with 45° angles and has the triple stripe bands. I created a spreadsheet that calculates the piece sizes, though I don't know the size pictured here.

Four Twisted Ribbons


X Crossovers

118 border thumbnail P118 Clinton Hill Historic District 1905 - Apartment.
Mahogany strips are 1/2". Inner bands are 2" wide. Making the pattern width 8" wide. Repeat on border is 12". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 12" fingerblock.

Rhombus Crossover

216 border thumbnail P216 Crown Heights North II c1907
Mahogany bands are 1/2" with 1-1/2" oak between. Oak that fills the rhombus cut is 3/4". That gives a border width of 8". Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 10-1/2" square. The floor had a wax finish.
22 border thumbnail P022 Lefferts Manor 1909
Has lots of 30°/60° angles. They should have been able to meld in the corner banding with the side banding and not had a separate corner block.
93 border thumbnail P093 Crown Heights South 1913
Four twisted ribbons. Appears to be the same as the previous one. Dark bands are 1/2" wide. Spacing between them is 1-1/2". With border bands of 3/4", you get a inner border width of 8", or 12" with the surrounding strips. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" squares.

Box Crossover

41 border thumbnail P041 Prospect Park South 1915
Has lots of 67.5° angles and an irregular trapezoid. It would have been very hard to make. This appears as #155 in the Boughton & Linville 1892 catalog on Page 10. Though the ribbon colors are reversed. Corner block is 12". Outer oak strip is 3/4". Inner band is 1/4". Outer bands are 9/16".

Chains and Repeats


Geometric

47 border thumbnail P047 Crown Heights North I 1894
Very unusual pattern. Note use of strong grain.
8 border thumbnail P008 Park Slope 1892
The field parquet is 8-3/4" of five 1-3/4" strips. I have no idea what all the woods are (besides the obvious mahogany and maple). See measured drawing.
226 border thumbnail P226 Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1905
There were no corner blocks. The pattern was taken around the corners. Inner majogany blocks are 2" square. The pattern border is 6" wide. It is surrounded with 1" oak, 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.

Chained Flowers

17 border thumbnail P017 Lefferts Manor 1909
Quite the enhancement over the one below. This has two ribbons running through a chain. I think this is too much for this design. The following are better.
224 border thumbnail P224 Crown Heights Park Place Historic District c1901
The pattern border is 4" wide. Surrounded by 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in an 8" square.
117 border thumbnail P117 Prospect Park South Historic District 1903
Inner pattern border is 4" wide, with 1/2" maple and mahogany alongside. The 4" is evenly divided into the walnut and oak bands. Pattern repeat is 8". I prefer this corner without the corner block. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonally.
9 border thumbnail P009 Park Slope 1894
A neo-Renaissance built by Jeremiah Gilligan. From a listing when it was on the market in 2010. My guess at its measurements. The diagonal parquet appears to be 10" squares of 2" strips. The irregular hexagon and Isosceles trapezoid between the flowers are 6" from point to point, and 4" on the sides. This is No. 2394 in the 1903 and 1908 E.L. Roberts catalogs. The corner is slightly different. The band of cherry running through the middle of the border is also between the maple squares in the corner. I would have it both ways. Their way where it meets a border. The way here for the sides not adjacent to a border. Or even better: No bordered corner block, but have the border pattern continue around the corner. The catalog has 8" wide. I came up with 7-1/2". It is listed as oak, maple, and cherry.

Chains: Diagonal

70 border thumbnail P070 South Midwood 1910
Bands are 7/8" wide. Overall pattern width is 6-3/16" wide. Note that inside the squares is three rectangular pieces of wood. Inner field is fingerblock with 2" wide slats.

Chains: Right Angles

13 border thumbnail P013 Park Slope Sportmen's Row 1889
A different way of doing a corner for this pattern. The 1" squares in the corner are dark wood (probably walnut). Those squares in the border are not dark (mahogany). This is a wide border. Including the 1/4" mahogany outer strips, the width is 15-1/2" wide. The corner is 12" square. See measured drawings.
5 border thumbnail P005 Bushwick 1897
Only two woods: mahogany and oak. I would jazz this up with a 1/4" feature strip of mahogany. Field is 8" square with 6 strips [they are not the same width]. The field parquet is straight, as there are no diagonals in the border. See measured drawing (also has enhanced version). See spreadsheet to calculate piece sizes.
25 border thumbnail P025 From Old House Online
See source. Appears to have an overall border width of 12". To calculate piece sizes use chain spreadsheet. At the top enter 1 for strip width and 4 for ratio. For border enter: 2, 1.25, 1.25. Note no corner block used here. Field is a fingerblock (nine strips of 1-3/8" × 12-3/8") laid diagonally.
37 border thumbnail P037 West Midwood 1915
Small square is 1". Hole in chain is 3" × 1". The corner isn't the proper corner for this border.