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Catalog Number 1999.076.003
Description White Demask Linen Mattress Tick, n.d. Mattress is rectangular in shape with a buttoned opening along one of the shorter edges. Buttons are covered in linen. Pattern is of flowers with 5 lines between each flower and each row is offset/checkered. Small "AM" monogram embroidered along the front of the open end, facing outwards/towards the edge.
Object Name Mattress
Collection 3D - Bedding
Title White Demask Linen Mattress Tick, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "AM" (embroidered monogram on front)
Notes "The mattress tick is the simplest form of mattress. It can be used with any cot, or just spread on the ground. It is very light weight, can be rolled into the blanket roll or folded, taking up very little space in the knapsack. Its period of use spans the civil war era by quite a few years, so it is perfect for authentic camps. To use it, you simply unroll it, open the flap, and fill it with hay, straw, dry leaves, or whatever other soft warm materials are available, (some owners are reported to have hidden air mattresses in them, but that's cheating) and button the flap closed to keep the filler in. Then you place it on your cot or on the ground, with the buttons on the bottom at the foot." [ 3/22/2017]
Dimensions H-72 W-48 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Bed Linen
Household Goods
Subjects Beds
Linen industry