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View of Independence Hall, 1776, textile souvenir

1876
 Collection
Accession: 1975-325-1

Abstract

William H. Horstmann & Sons was a manufacturer and retailer of silk products for civilian and military clothing between 1815 and 1940. This item is a woven textile souvenir from 1876 Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, showing Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

Dates

  • 1876

Creator

Extent

1 item(s)

General Physical Description

1 piece of cloth, 7 x 4.5 in., in mat., 12 x 10 in.

Historical Note

William H. Horstmann & Sons was a manufacturer and retailer of silk products for civilian and military clothing between 1815 and 1940.

William H. Horstmann (1785-1850) was a silk weaver who immigrated from Germany and established a workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1815. Handloom production slowed significantly after he introduced the Jacquard loom to his shop in 1824. His two sons, William H. Horstmann (1819-1872) and Sigmund H. Horstmann (1821-1870) joined the firm in 1843 renaming the business William H. Horstmann & Sons, and they opened a branch in New York, New York. The silk manufacturer specialized in military trimmings for uniforms and equipment such as swords, drums, and other ornamental goods. There was a second part of the business that dealt with civilian clothing and goods (e.g. coach laces).

Scope and Content

Woven textile souvenir from 1876 Centennial Ehibition, Philadelphia, showing Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Woven by William H. Horstmann & Sons.

Location

Box 3

Access Restrictions

This item is open for research.

Related Materials

William H. Horstmann & Sons records (Accession 1700), Hisotical Society of Pennsylvania.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Separated Materials

William H. Horstmann & Sons, manufactory and sales rooms, engraving (Accession 1975.325.2), Audiovisual and Digitial Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

William H. Horstmann and Co. material (Accession 1052), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
View of Independence Hall, 1776, textile souvenir
Status:
Author:
Laurie Rizzo
Date:
2013
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
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