Variation 1, "Bolling Crest" series

Description
Silk dress goods printed in black on white with a variation (S-225) of an "ant and swallow" design taken from the family crest of the Bolling family in England, in honor of the marriage of President Woodrow Wilson and Edith Bolling Galt. This variation has closely spaced black stripes with rows of coin dots in a half drop repeat - black ants in white circles and white birds in black circles.The use of strict black and white reflects the fact that color dyes were scarce due to the blockade of Germany by British ships during WWI. German firms were the primary holders of dye and colorant patents, , and the blockade created a critical shortage of dyestuffs in the still-neutral United States in 1915-1916. When the US entered the war in 1917, on the British side, the German dye patents were seized and turned over to American manufacturers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
fabric length
date made
1915
referenced
Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt
maker
Sussex Print Works
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
black (overall color)
white ground (overall color)
plain weave (overall production method/technique)
cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newton
ID Number
TE*T02958
accession number
59282
catalog number
T02958.000
subject
Bolling Crest Dress Silks
American Silks
Textiles
American Silk Industry
World War I
event
World War I
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Bolling Crest Dress Silks
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Sussex Print Works, Newton, NJ
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