Sunday, August 5, 2012

Calico King

Mathew Chaloner Durfee Borden (1842-1912) was known as both M.C.D. Borden and the Calico King. He began work as a clerk in a dry goods house and moved on to a firm that represented the American Print Cloth Works in Fall River, MA. When this company went out of business in 1879, Borden reorganized the company into the American Printing Company, building three mills in Fall River. Eventually he owned the largest cloth printing business in the world and was known as the Calico King.

I was going through my collection of antique fabrics swatches recently and came across this sample ( it feels like a fine light weight wool) with an attached label from M. C. D. Borden and Sons Inc.


  1. Was he related to Andrew Borden, the father of hatchet-murderess Lizzie Borden? That happened in Fall River, on August 4, 1892.

  2. Lizzie and MCD Borden...were cousins. They shared a oommon great-great-great grandfather.The first of the family..John and Richard Borden came to America from Englad in 1635.