Due to the nature of the samples held within these volumes, some items may not have survived. The records in this series are subject to special handling instructions due to their size and condition, production to the reading rooms may be delayed
Unpublished finding aids:
An incomplete set of indexes to the designs is in BT 44 33/38. There are two other supplementary finding aids. (1) an alphabetical index of proprietors of designs (ie designers or the owners of copyright in the designs); this gives the registered number of the design. (2) arranged by design number and gives the design, the name of the proprietor and the TNA reference. Both of these finding aids are available in the reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew.
Administrative / biographical background:
The 1839 Copyright of Designs Act (2 & 3 Vict c 17) provided protection for the design of the ornamentation, shape or configuration of all manufactured articles and for the designs on textile fabrics, except for lace and for fabrics made from linen, cotton, calico, muslin, wool, silk, hair and for mixtures of those fabrics which had been protected by earlier legislation (27 Geo III c 38, 34 Geo III c 23 identified as being statute relevant to designs and printing on fabric etc. c 23 and 2 & 3 Vict c 13). In September 1842 the 1839 act was replaced by a piece of consolidating and amending legislation (5 & 6 Vict c 100).
Under the 1839 Act, proprietors were required to submit three copies or drawings of their designs, two of which were to be retained by the Registrar who was also responsible for maintaining a classified index of designs.
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