"Colonial Stars" dress silk; George Washington Bicentennial print series

"Colonial Stars" dress silk; George Washington Bicentennial print series

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A length of printed crepe plain weave fabric. Pattern "Colonial Stars", one of the H.R. Mallinson & Co.George Washington Bicentennial Prints. The allover, tossed, non-directional design uses blue stars, singly and in groups of 2 and 3 against a ground of evenly spaced tiny blue dots on an off-white ground. The discoloration and oily residue apparent on this fabric sample suggests that either a) it was not either pure dye or pure silk, as are most of the other Mallinson fabrics; or b) it was stored in contact with another object from which it picked up the residue which discolored it. More research needs to be done to determine the origin of the damage.
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Fabric Length
Date made
H R Mallinson and Company, Incorporated
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
blue (overall color)
off white ground (overall color)
plain weave; cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 39 in; 91.44 cm x 99.06 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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