This silk bank note is in remarkable condition like the green version also on offer in our shop.
The cloth notes issued by the Bielefeld authority for the State Bank are truly unique in the world and demand a serious collectors attention.
This note like others from the period were printed on a large range of different materials. Silk was chosen here as a medium as Bielefeld was is major centre for linen and silk weaving.
The fresh and clean colours visible on this note show no signs of handling and the note is wonderfully preserved for something which is almost a century old.
Manufacturing was done on two separate pieces of materials then the two halves were stitched together. Some version were more elaborate and included examples that bordered the notes in lace.
BIELEFELD 1000 Mark 1922 Yellow ink
Issued by: Bielefeld, Stadtsparkasse.
Value: 1000 Mark
Date: 15. 12. 1922
Material: White silk
Catalogue: Grabowski 57.1 b
* Bielefeld city history:
Founded in 1214 by Count Hermann IV of Ravensberg to guard a pass crossing the Teutoburg Forest, Bielefeld was the “city of linen” as a minor member of the Hanseatic League. After the Cologne-Minden railway opened in 1849, the Bozi brothers constructed the first large mechanised spinning mill in 1851. The Ravensberg Spinning Mill was built from 1854 to 1857, and metal works began to open in the 1860s.
Between 1904 and 1930, Bielefeld grew, opening a rebuilt railway station, a municipal theatre, and finally, the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle concert hall, renowned for its excellent acoustics. The Dürkopp car was produced 1898-1927. After printing emergency money (German: Notgeld) in 1923 during the inflation in the Weimar Republic, Bielefeld was one of several towns that printed very attractive and highly collectable bank notes with designs on silk, linen and velvet. These pieces were issued by the Bielefeld Stadtsparkasse (town’s savings bank) and were sent all around the world in the early 1920s. These pieces are known as ‘stoffgeld’ – that is, money made from fabric.
*taken from wikipedia for the purposes of education