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Oriental Souvenir embroidery with Flags and Dragon USN

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Posted 6 years ago


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This is the largest one of these that I have in my collection at 2' X 3'.

The colors on it are as bright as when it was first made.

The eagle and dragon motif is well done. The life ring was made to have an inset photograph of the USN sailor or marine.

The flags are 48 star flags, which would date this from mid 1912- 1959.



  1. SCPODan, 6 years ago
    I really like this motif.
    I used an example like this in my book to illustrate very early Asian embroidered dragon design which later showed up on many liberty cuff designs.
    Thanks for sharing.
  2. Dan, 6 years ago
    The majority of these frame-able embroidered mementos that I run across date to the 1905-07 time frame from the world cruise of America's "Great White Fleet."
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks Dan.

    Most that I have seen (or own) would date from about 1900- 1930. I do own one that dates from post WW2.

    I think that the star arrangement on the flags causes confusion to some collectors. I see many with Civil War era Star numbers (34/ 35 Stars) attributed as either CW era flags or CW memorial pieces. In this particular example, I think that the 48 stars are intentional and do represent the era of manufacture.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    bellin: Here is the larger piece that I told you about.

  5. Spackova Spackova, 5 years ago
    Beautiful. What would you call these?
  6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    This is called souvenir embroidery. They were made in Japan and China in the late 19th/ early 20th century and sold as souvenir items to sailors. They can be found with different flags, depending on the nationality of the sailor who purchased it.

    I have several of these in my collection.

    Thanks for looking,

  7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking tom, bratjdd and Chris.

  8. Spackova Spackova, 5 years ago
    You are welcome scottvez, thank you for the explanation.
  9. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Happy 4th of JULY!

  10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the thoughts eye4!

  11. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 5 years ago
    That american flag looks AMAZING against that dark background Anouther item perfectly timed. Mikie
  12. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks mikie-- this example has retained the original vibrant colors. Usually these were framed and have lost significant "luster" through years of exposure to sunlight.

  13. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking tom.

  14. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking kathy.

  15. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking cultcha.

  16. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks again tony.

  17. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking rob!

  18. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking mxmarinemom!

  19. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks tom!

  20. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for looking gargoylecollector!

  21. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Thanks tom and brunswick!

  22. brunswick brunswick, 11 months ago
    You are most Welcome!!!

  23. scottvez scottvez, 7 days ago
    Thanks again padit.


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