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Object Name COTTON CARD
Catalog Number 0985.01.00062a
Description One of two cotton cards are a pair, both made of wood with wire bristles. Both cards are stamped on the smooth side with a manufacturer's mark. The only legible part of the mark reads, "THE ONLY GENUINE / OLD WHITTEMORE PATENT / IMPROVED."
Material Wood/Metal
Dimensions W-10.75 L-9.5 inches
Owned Gunter family
Provenance These cotton cards are believed used in the home of the Gunter family of Fayetteville, Arkansas, during the 1860s for carding cotton to spin and weave into cloth for "homespun" dresses and the heavier material for making Confederate uniforms, etc.

(This history was provided for a pair of cotton cards donated to the Arkansas Room; as this is the only pair of cards known to come from that room, it is believed their history.)
People Gunter family
Search Terms ersatz
Subjects Weaving
Fabric production
Clothing production