"Armistice Silk," Freedom Blue

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."
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Object Name
fabric length
date made
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; piece-dyed (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
American Silks
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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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