Washed Pulled Wool; Mackintosh; George Bond (broker), Boston; 1885

Washed Pulled Wool; Mackintosh; George Bond (broker), Boston; 1885

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Boxed sample of long white wool; Marked "Mackintosh Pulled, Combing". Pulled wool was taken from sheepskins, rather than shearing from living sheep. It was usually less expensive and depending on the removal method, could be more fragile than sheared wool fiber.
Part of a large group of fiber samples acquired from various sources by the US National Museum in 1885. Part of the Economic Botany and Fibers collection, supporting research and commerce in the US textiles industry.
In Joseph T. Shaw's 1909 History of the Wool Industry of the US, the Bond family's wool business is outlined: "In 1838 George Bond started business with his two sons, George William and Charles R. Bond. George Bond died in 1842. The firm, known as George William and Charles R. Bond, became in 1845 Bond, Wyman, & Arkllay. In 1848 George William Bond started a brokerage business alone, and in 1867 associated with him as partners his son, William S. Bond, and I. Lewis Brackett. Mr. Bond died in 1892, and the house which he had founded was dissolved soon afterward.
Currently not on view
Object Name
wool sample
overall: 1 5/8 in x 7 1/8 in x 6 3/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 18.0975 cm x 17.145 cm
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Gift of George Bond, Boston, 1885
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National Museum of American History
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