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Samuel Eiseman & Co., "Polo Dots" printed dress silk; 1915.

Samuel Eiseman & Co., "Polo Dots" printed dress silk; 1915.

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Samuel Eiseman & Co., Inc. - SECO Silk twill Polo Dots fabric length; 1915. Silk dress goods commercially named "Polo Dots". A fine twilled silk printed with spaced coin dots in a half drop repeat in black on a white ground. Semi-transpaprent. Dots are 0.75 inches and 4 inches from each other. Selvedge is thin and gold. Lengths are pinked. The 1915 date and the black and white color scheme suggest it was part of the general vogue for black and white that came about as a result of the shortage of (mostly German-made) dyestuffs after the British began to blockade German ports in early 1915, during World War I.
Previous name of the company was Eiseman Bros. from 1881-1898. The trade name was – SECO – acronym for Samuel Eiseman & Co.. It was a silk dress goods sales agency and converter, which also operated mills in New Hampshire. Goods were sold through the headquarters and sales offices in New York City. The company dissolved in the early 1930s. Founder - Samuel Eiseman
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Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
1915
maker
Samuel Eiseman & Co., Inc.
place made
United States: New Hampshire, Newmarket
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
black (overall color)
white ground (overall color)
twill weave; printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 41 in; 91.44 cm x 104.14 cm
ID Number
TE.T02493.000
accession number
58159
catalog number
T02493.000
Credit Line
Gift of Samuel Eiseman
subject
American Textile Industry
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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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