"Scouts" design printed dress silk, Mallinson's La Victoire series I

The first H.R. Mallinson & Co. La Victoire series, designed just before the Armistice to end World War I in Fall, 1918, comprised 6 designs. The first series of La Victoire prints celebrated different aspects of the French military forces. The "Scouts" design is "a clever stripe design in which the French poilu is featured on a scouting expedition." (description taken from a Mallinson marketing booklet). Infantry scouts often operated alone, ahead of their units, trying to find out the size and placement of the opposing forces. In this striped design, the seated and standing figures of the scouts appear to melt into the trees. The design is machine-printed on a lightweight semi-sheer silk crepe that the Mallinson firm trademarked as "Indestructible Crepe."
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Object Name
fabric length
date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
red (overall color)
green (overall color)
blue (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
brown ground (overall color)
crepe, semi-sheer (overall fabric name)
plain weave, cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
World War I
American Silk Industry
American Silks
Mallinson’s La Victoire
World War I
Armistice of November 11, 1918
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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