Cartridge (Powder) Bag Cloth; World War I

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1917-1919
place made
United States
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; undyed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
TE.T04152
catalog number
T04152.000
accession number
65107
Credit Line
Gift of the U.S. War Department, Ordnance Department, Salvage Board.
subject
American Silk Industry
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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