"Armistice Silk," Natural

Sample length of natural colored silk, "boiled off", meaning the sericin has been removed, and the cloth finished for sale to the garment trade. Plain weave, undyed, unbleached, flecked with brown slubs. Known as "Armistice Silk", Quality C, converted surplus World War I Cartridge Cloth; A piece of the 18,000,000 yards of surplus cartridge cloth remaining after World War I. Sold by the Salvage Board at $1.17 per yard.
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Object Name
fabric length
date made
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
natural (overall color)
plain weave; unbleached; undyed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
place made
United States
Associated Place
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
World War I
American Silk Industry
American Silks
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the US War Dept., Ordnance Dept. Salvage board
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