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

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

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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.
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Fabric sample
Date made
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
Off-white ground (overall color)
"Mikado crepe" (overall style)
plain weave, printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 7 in x 31 in; 17.78 cm x 78.74 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Doherty & Wadsworth Co
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
American Textile Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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