Doherty & Wadsworth Co. printed "Mikado Crepe" dress silk length; 1914.

Doherty & Wadsworth Co. printed "Mikado Crepe" dress silk length; 1914.

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Doherty & Wadsworth Co Printed Mikado Silk Crepe fabric length; 1914. Silk Dress goods "Printed Mikado Crepe" with significant fading of color and print. Originally ground was pink, this has faded. "Pompadour design" of detached sprigs and sprays of flowers. Pinked edges.
Henry Doherty and Joseph Wadsworth came to Paterson, New Jersey from England and began working together in 1879. They rented small spaces in mills until 1882 when they were able to purchase a mill and began weaving grenadines. Paterson, NJ was the premier silk manufacturing location in the United States at the time. Doherty and Wadsworth was Paterson's largest silk manufacturers when they went to Allentown in 1910 to set up more mills. The president of the company, Henry Doherty, in 1913 automated his looms so that one worker could operate four looms at a time instead of just two. They also had silk mills in Wilkes-Barre. By 1938, the silk mills had closed down due to pressure from the Great Depression and changes in whoesaling textiles, and strikes by workers demanding higher wages.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
1914
place made
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
United States: New Jersey, Paterson
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
pink ground (overall color)
"Mikado crepe" (overall style)
plain weave, printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 42 in; 91.44 cm x 106.68 cm
ID Number
TE.T01331.000
accession number
56856
catalog number
T01331.000
Credit Line
Gift of Doherty & Wadsworth Co
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Textile Industry
American Silk Industry
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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