.... The ribbons I have seen from 1820-1870 pieces were usually woven cotton and very soft from age. The white seems to tend to the cream/yellow side of the white spectrum. I've handled only one, original, 1813 ribbon and it was again, woven cotton. I once purchased an original document group from the war of 1813 that included the award document for the 1813 EK2. Very impressive, almost entirely hand written in gothic script. The paper had a very high fiber content to it. The family had glued each document to a piece of linen. No awards were with the group, but each of the award documents had a long strip of original ribbon glued to the right side of each document! It was very neatly done and very neat to see. The group was sold (and found) in California. From me, it went back to Germany where it resides in a private collection. Documents included various 1840-1860 war medals. It also included the invitation, menu and program from a banquet held in honor of the veterans at the Hohenzollern Castle, given by the Kaiser & Kaiserine!