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The pattern is called meander, Labyrinth, and Maze. This was one of the first border patterns to become popular.
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|167||South Midwood Year?|
|164||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||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||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||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".
|28||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||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||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||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||Ditmas Park 1907 |
Having maple for the insides is unusual.
|209||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||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||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||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||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.
The Common "L" Meander: Folded Ribbon Corners
|2||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||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.
The Common "L" Meander: 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.
Bedford Section 1881
Crown Heights North Historic District 1890
Crown Heights North I 1894
South Midwood 1897
South Midwood 1901
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906
Park Slope Historic District 1908
Lefferts Manor 1910
South Midwood 1910
Caton Park Year?
|173||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||Caton Park Year? |
Walnut bands are 1/2" wide. Same dimensions as the others. Inner field is diagonal slats 2" wide.
|53||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||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||Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906 |
The same measurements as #107. Note interesting inner field.
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