"Trail of the Forty-Niners" printed dress silk, Mallinson's Early American series

"Trail of the Forty-Niners" printed dress silk, Mallinson's Early American series

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Length of printed "Indestructible Chiffon Voile" (Mallinson trade name), a sheer, plain weave, all silk fabric. Printed with all over pattern "Trail of the Forty-Niners", one of the Mallinson 1929 "Early American Series." This design depicts panning gold on the Feather River, bench mining, placer mining, San Francisco and the bay, miners going to the gold fields, mountains and Lake Tahoe. Colorway: light greens, grays, peach, brown, black. Selvage width; selvage insciption.
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
black (overall color)
green ground (overall color)
orange (overall color)
brown (overall color)
blue (overall color)
plain weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 39 1/2 in; 91.44 cm x 100.33 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
Mallinson's Early American
American Silk Industry
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object