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Square Wave (Meander) Ribbon

135 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: P156 Crown Heights North Historic District II 1909 

Horizontal Ribbon: Alternate Corners

40 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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 Floor border: 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.

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