Doherty & Wadsworth Co floral print dress silk sample, "Mikado Crepe"; 1914.


Doherty & Wadsworth Co floral printed silk dress fabric sample, "Mikado Crepe"; 1914. A pompadour (small detached sprigs and flower heads in an offset repeat) design printed on off-white. Silk dress goods. Some of the dyes appear to have faded. The floral is pink and green and yellow on an off-white ground.

Henry Doherty and Joseph Wadsworth came to Paterson, New Jersey from England and began working together in 1879. They rented space in other mills until 1882 when they purchased their own mill in Paterson, NJ, the premier silk manufacturing location in the United States at the time. In 1910 the firm, then Paterson's largest silk manufacturer, opened new mills in Allentown, and Wilkes-Barre, PA.. By 1938, the silk mills had closed down due to pressure from the Great Depression, changes in the wholesaling of textiles, and labor issues.

Date Made: 1914

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityAssociated Place: United States: New Jersey, Allentown

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Credit Line: Gift of Doherty & Wadsworth Co

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T01330.000Accession Number: 56856Catalog Number: T01330.000

Object Name: Fabric LengthFabric sample

Physical Description: silk (overall material)Off-white ground (overall color)"Mikado crepe" (overall style)plain weave, printed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 31 in; 17.78 cm x 78.74 cm


Record Id: nmah_1163252

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