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Pacific Mills promotional textile

Object Number: 
2002.1.4839
Date: 
ca. 1876
Medium: 
Silk, wool
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 1/2 × 24 in. (49.5 × 61 cm)
Description: 
Jacquard-patterned texile executed in black and cream; depicting eagle holding banner that reads "E PLURIBUS / UNUM"; "1876" inscribed below. Second register depicts vignette of factory; "1776" and "DESIGNED BY / H/ TOPHAM" inscribed in and around framing strapwork. Cartouche reads: PACIFIC MILLS, / LAWRENCE / MASS. /TREASURER, / J.W. EDMANDS / AGENT / JOHN FALLON./ SELLING AGENTS, / JAMES L. LITTLE & Co. BOSTON/ NY. & PHILA."
Gallery Label: 

This textile commemorated the U.S. Centennial while promoting the work of Pacific Mills, a textile manufactory in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Bibliography: 

Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group