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Silk gut for sutures and fishing line, 1873

Silk gut for sutures and fishing line, 1873

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Description
Silk gut for sutures and fishing line, 1873. Made from the silk glands of mature silkworms. Used as a tie material in surgery and for fishing tackle. This specimen was a part of the Chinese government exhibit at the Vienna Exposition of 1873. Given by the Philadelphia Commercial Museum in 1914 along with some other silk-related specimens.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Gut
silk gut
Object Type
gut
date made
ca. 1873
place made
China
Physical Description
silk (?? material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 3 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 8.89 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
TE.T02085.000
catalog number
T2085
accession number
57520
Credit Line
Gift of Philadelphia Commercial Museum, 1914
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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