Silk Cartridge Igniter Cloth

Sample length of heavyweight, closely woven plain weave silk cloth with paired spun silk warps and silk noil wefts.Unbleached, undyed. Accession record states: Closely woven, plain weave all silk fabric with silk noil weft interwoven with spun silk warp in parallel pairs. Quality B, as it comes from the loom, not finished for sale. Used for powder bags in the big guns because it is entirely consumed by the explosion of powder, leaving no smoldering particles. Sold by the Salvage Board at $1.13 per yard. 36" wide.
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Object Name
fabric length
date made
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
World War I
American Silk Industry
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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