"Armistice Silk," Freedom Blue; World War I

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Description
This length of converted silk cartridge cloth, called "Armistice Silk"; is a sample of the 18 million yards of surplus American-made cartridge bag silk cloth owned by the US War Dept. at the end of World War I. Originally used to make the bags that held the powder charge for heavy artillery, it was finished and dyed for the "cutting-up" (ready-to-wear clothing) trade after the war, and sold by the Salvage Board for 76 cents per yard. This sample was dyed "Freedom blue."
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1917-1919
place made
United States
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; piece-dyed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
TE.T04153
catalog number
T04153.000
accession number
65107
Credit Line
Gift of the US War Dept., Ordnance Dept., 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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