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Sample of Peruvian full rough raw cotton; Wonalancet Co., NH; 1913

Sample of Peruvian full rough raw cotton; Wonalancet Co., NH; 1913

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Sample of Raw Peruvian Full Rough Cotton; Stained: Has varying staple length from 1" - 1-1/4". There are many grades of the same variety; no regular type can be made. Value:- Varies from $0.01 - $0.05 lb. below highest type. [per 1913 Accession folder information]
The cost and long supply chain of wool imports into the US (which did not produce enough wool to meet domestic demand during the heyday of the American woolen industry) led manufacturers to explore substitutes and additives. Specific strains of Peruvian and Chinese cotton were exploited for this purpose, as being "wool-like" in staple length and feel.
The Wonalancet Co. was incorporated in 1905 by Harry Harmon Blunt in Nashua, NH. The company imported cotton from Piura and Lima, Peru, and from China; it was in existence at least into the mid 1970s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
raw cotton sample
cotton fiber
date made
1913
place made
Peru
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/2 in x 5 in x 12 in; 11.43 cm x 12.7 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
TE.T00711.000
catalog number
T00711.000
accession number
55402
catalog number
T711
Credit Line
Gift of the Wonalancet Company, Nashua, NH
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Textile Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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