The silk comes shrink wrapped on acid-free board, ready for the framer. It measures 18 by 21 inches.
Since man first learned to travel on water he has been bringing back souvenirs from distant lands. These silk embroideries became popular with sailors in the China Trade in the mid-to-late 19th century. By 1900 the art had spread to the Mediterranian and the North African coast.
Here is a British sailor's souvenir silk, probably made in North Africa as a memento of Gibralter c.1915. It has the Union Jack and Merchant Service color on the right, the Royal Navy and R.N. Reserve flags on the left, with a picture frame in a ring buoy in the center. Oddly, the photo in the frame appears to be an American soldier, probably a passenger from a troop ship.
The silk comes shrink wrapped on acid-free board, ready for the framer. It measures 18 by 21 inches. (1100-3)