"Dedicated to Marshal Foch" design printed dress silk, Mallinson's La Victoire series II

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French General Ferdinand Foch was named Supreme Commander of all the Allied forces in France in March 1918, and was named Marshal of France in July 1918. He accepted the German surrender in November of that year. This design, dedicated to this French war hero, is from the first La Victoire series, produced by H.R. Mallinson & Co, just before the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I. The striped design on semi-sheer "Indestructible Crepe" was inspired by the military insignia of four rows of oak leaves and seven stars that only Foch was entitled to wear, and which ornamented his uniform cap.
Currently not on view
date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
gold (overall color)
dark blue ground (overall color)
plain weave, cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
World War I
American Silk Industry
related event
World War I
Armistice of November 11, 1918
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Data Source
National Museum of American History