"Armistice Silk," Freedom Blue; World War I


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."

Date Made: 1917-1919

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: World War IRelated Event: World War I


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Credit Line: Gift of the US War Dept., Ordnance Dept., Salvage board

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T04153Catalog Number: T04153.000Accession Number: 65107

Object Name: Fabricfabric length

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-ab1c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_646351

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