Time really hasn’t changed wools and silks and as they were produced in a variety of widths and distinctive weave patterns from the late1800s. Generally older wool acquires a musty smell which many times even a good airing can’t dispel.
Widths, while iffy and weak signals, nevertheless can generate a time frame.
They were used for tea-room, hostess and maid’s aprons; pinafores, children’s dresses, collars and other accessories.
A cheaper grade of lawn organdy was the staple of commercial mama doll dresses from the 1920s through the 40s and advertised as organdy for obvious merchandising reasons.
Voile with its raspy-tongue feel and frosty soap scum appearance is easily identifiable; however it is still being manufactured.
Old voile had wide satiny selvages; most today are narrow.