"Ponce de Leon - Jamestown" dress silk, "Early American" series


Length of printed "Indestructible Chiffon Voile" (Mallinson trade name). A sheer plain weave, all silk fabric (mfr #1800). Printed with an allover pattern (mfr #2774), titled "Ponce de Leon--Jamestown," one of the Mallinson 1929 "Early American" Series. This design illustrates scenes related to the colonizing of Florida and Virginia: Ponce de Leon in Florida; Capt. John Smith & Pocahontas; Baptism of Virginia Dare; and landing of young women at Jamestown ,VA. Beige ground with print in shades of green, orange, red, brown, with white reserve.Selvage width; selvage inscription.

Mallinson's 1929 "Early American" series of printed dress silks was based on historical events and figures that were perceived at the time to consitute a shared American story. It was the last of the company's line of designs based on American themes in which each design was printed in at least seven colors, in several colorways, on three or four different ground cloths. The stock market crash and economic depression that followed made the investment in this kind of design unprofitable.

Date Made: 1928Date Made: 1929

Maker: H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Credit Line: Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T05945Catalog Number: T5945T (/) 5945Accession Number: 104252

Object Name: fabric length

Physical Description: silk (overall material)plain weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 39 in; 91.44 cm x 99.06 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-6ec1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_630603

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