Cartridge (Powder) Bag Cloth

This length of coarse, plain weave, unbleached, undyed cloth was made primarily of silk noils, very uneven in the spinning, with natural variations in color giving an uneven striped appearance. Flecked with knots and slubs. Used during World War I for artillery and naval gun cartridge powder charge bags.
Slightly rough surface. Labelled Quality E by the Salvage Board, which sold it for 64 cents per yard at the end of the war.
Currently not on view
Object Name
fabric length
date made
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; undyed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
American Silk Industry
World War I
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the U.S. War Department, Ordnance Department, Salvage Board.
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.