Maerz & Paul color charts have been out of print for a
number of years--since about 1939, I think, information I got from Keith Keppel,
but I would have to go find that e-mail to be sure of the date.
Keith said it shows up on E-Bay from time to time. You can expect to pay a
fairly serious price ($50 and up) for copies with significant age
Publisher? I think "Maerz & Paul" may have been
the name of the publisher.
The Registrar's office has color reference books for the
use of the person in that position. Keith also has a copy or two of
his own, one of which was originally the property of Agnes Whiting, I
One might have to go to a large library to look up the
Maerz & Paul, then check the color plate to see what color is
described. The registrations that use these numbers, such as Keppel's,
also use the *name* of that color in the M & P, which gives me as much
information as I usually need. Compare Keppel's registrations with catalog
descriptions and you will find what was highly precise and technical in the
registration will be translated into conventional terms. HAPPENSTANCE
is registered with a complex M & P description, but rendered "pink with a
peach tone" or some such in most listings, for example.
Neil Mogensen zone 7 western NC near
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