[tat-er-sawl, -suh l]
1. a pattern of squares formed by colored crossbars on a solid-color, usually light background.
2. a fabric with this pattern.
3. having this pattern or made of such fabric:
a tattersall vest.
Richard Tattersall (1724-95) was an Englishman who in 1766 bought a 99-year lease at Hyde Park Corner (now within London), where he established his business as a horse auctioneer. Tattersall became very wealthy and influential because of his honesty and efficiency in business. His horse market sold blankets woven in a check or plaid pattern for use on horses. Tattersall, designating the fabric, entered English at the end of the 19th century.
“Checks such as gingham and windowpane are usually even, while checks such as tattersall and houndstooth are uneven.”
- Claire Shaeffer, Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide, 2008