U.S. Supreme Court
Hartranft v. Langfield, 125 U.S. 128 (1888)
Hartranft v. Langfield
Argued February 15, 1888
Decided March 19, 1888
125 U.S. 128
Velvet ribbons made of silk and cotton, silk being the material of chief value, known as "trimmings," chiefly used for making or ornamenting hats, bonnets, and hoods but sometimes used for trimming dresses, being imported into the United States, are subject to a duty of twenty percentum ad valorem under Schedule M of the Act of March 3, 1883, 22 Stat. 512, as "hats and so forth, materials for . . . trimmings," and not to a duty of fifty percentum ad valorem under Schedule L of that act, ib. 510, as
"goods, wares, and merchandise not specially enumerated or provided for in this act, made of silk, or of which silk is the component material of chief value."
This was an action to recover customs duties alleged to have been illegally exacted. Judgment for plaintiffs. Defendant sued out this writ of error. The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.