21 August 2011
WWI Patriotic embroidery from the Australian War Memorial
Patriotic souvenir embroidery on blue cotton sateen, mainly in red, white, blue and black couched longstitch. The top of the embroidery bears the words 'UNITED WE STAND', and a king's crown. There are Allied flags down each side of the cloth. The centre, underneath the crown and within an embroidered laurel wreath, once bore a 'padded' cloth photograph frame in the shape of a life buoy and a portrait photograph. Both of these are now missing, although the marks made by them can be clearly seen. Underneath the missing frame is a painted picture of a naval engagement between British and German ships, possibly representing the Battle of Jutland in 1916. The picture is 'framed' by brown fabric made to look like brown rope.
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