Vehicle parts

Moquette sample; 'Lozenge' design, reproduction produced in 1990 of moquette originally used on 1920s-1930s trains, buses, trams and trolleybuses, 1990
Sample of wool moquette using a repeating pattern of 'lozenges' in shades of blue and brown. This sample is a reproduction of the moquette Lozenge pattern originally used on trains during the 1920s, and on bus, tram and trolleybus upholstery in the 1930s. This piece is believed to have been specially woven by J. Holdsworth and Company in 1990 for a Northern line train which was refurbished in the style of a 1920s train.
Simple name : Moquette sample
Date : circa 1923
Collection : Vehicle parts
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1997/2993/128
Size : H 212mm, W 305mm
Associated company :
  • LT
  • John Holdsworth & Co Ltd, Halifax.
Associated line : Hampstead & City (Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead) line
Commissioner : London General Omnibus Company : circa 1923
Designer : Unknown : circa 1923
Manufacturer : John Holdsworth & Co : 1990
Mode : Bus, Trams and trolleybuses
Content text : VINTAGE LOZENGE / DESIGN / H / 725-WV/W
Additional information : Moquette is the durable upholstery fabric used on public transport across the world. This sample features a repeating pattern of lozenge shapes in shades of blue and brown. It is a reproduction of the pattern originally used on trains during the 1920s, and on bus, tram and trolleybus seating in the 1930s. This one is thought to have been specially woven in 1990 for a Northern line train that was refurbished in the style of a 1920s train. Designed in 1923, the pattern was the first to be specifically commissioned by the Underground Group and became the standard moquette design. The designer is unknown, but all three main moquette manufacturers produced the lozenge design.
Material : Wool
Colour : Beige,Black,Blue,Brown
Pattern name : Lozenge
Pattern repeat : 19mm
Pile : Cut and loop
Record completeness :
Record 80% complete

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