"Ponce de Leon - Jamestown" dress silk, "Early American" series

"Ponce de Leon - Jamestown" dress silk, "Early American" series

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Length of printed "Indestructible Chiffon Voile" (Mallinson trade name). A sheer plain weave, all silk fabric (mfr #1800). Printed with an allover pattern (mfr #2774), titled "Ponce de Leon--Jamestown," one of the Mallinson 1929 "Early American" Series. This design illustrates scenes related to the colonizing of Florida and Virginia: Ponce de Leon in Florida; Capt. John Smith & Pocahontas; Baptism of Virginia Dare; and landing of young women at Jamestown ,VA. Beige ground with print in shades of green, orange, red, brown, with white reserve.Selvage width; selvage inscription.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
fabric length
Date made
1928
date made
1929
maker
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 39 in; 91.44 cm x 99.06 cm
ID Number
TE.T05945
catalog number
T5945
T (/) 5945
accession number
104252
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
Mallinson's Early American
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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