Cartridge (Powder) Bag Cloth; World War I

Cartridge (Powder) Bag Cloth; World War I

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This length of coarse, plain weave, unbleached, undyed cloth was made primarily of silk noils, very uneven in the spinning, with natural variations in color giving an uneven striped appearance. Flecked with knots and slubs. Used during World War I for artillery and naval gun cartridge powder charge bags.
Slightly rough surface. Labelled Quality E by the Salvage Board, which sold it for 64 cents per yard at the end of the war.
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Object Name
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date made
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United States
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; undyed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Gift of the U.S. War Department, Ordnance Department, Salvage Board.
World War I
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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