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    Posted 5 years ago

    Furee65
    (31 items)

    This was found at an estate yesterday and the gentleman who we purchased this from said his father owned a pawn shop back in the 1940's-50's and took this in on pawn back then. This piece is quite large and measures like 4 feet across and weighs what feels like 25-30 pounds. I have seen similar style silk items like this but they have all been way smaller in the 18"-25" inch range this one is just huge but it would be cool to find out who would have owned one of such size. It is dated 1907 and the detail is amazing for being as old as it is.

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    1. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
      Silkwork Embroidered Trapunto Banner
    2. Furee65, 5 years ago
      Awesome thank you for the heads up on the actual name of this neat piece of art. I knew there had to be a specific name for these.
    3. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
      scratch that, lol
    4. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
      Turn of the century Japanese made silk embroidery of this USS Colorado, very modern for the time troop transport around Japan . These souvenir embroideries were made in port and taken home for framing.
    5. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
      I seen one of these before on one of the TV shows, Antique Roadshow? As I remember the flag part was already done when Naval Boys arrived at port, then they would do the picture part on sight to fit the Ship Soldier arrived on as a Keepsake.
    6. Furee65, 5 years ago
      That's cool info. I will have to look into that tv show. I love finding out the history of stuff like this.
    7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Far East souvenir embroidery.

      These were popular souvenir items in the late 19th- early 20th century.

      In the middle of the 20th century, the tour jacket replaced these in popularity.

      I have several of these-- one posted on CW:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/25108-oriental-souvenir-embroidery-with-flags

      The ship portion is often seen with a photograph of the person that acquired it.

      Like many that I see, yours is heavily faded.

      scott
    8. Vintagerebel1990 Vintagerebel1990, 5 years ago
      Hello! I have been given a similar peice as a gift. The height, weight and embroidery seem to be nearly identical except the six arrows above the ship's image are not as faded and there is no ship name. Any idea why this could be and about how much would a peice like this go for at an auction?

      Thanks in advance!
    9. Furee65, 5 years ago
      We took it around to a few antique shops who knew a little about military stuff and both believed due to the size this had to belong to a captain or someone of significance due to its large size. One shop was eager to purchase it for $2,500 and the other three out a $2,000 offer even after we told them we didn't want to sell it. The one shop who offered $2,500 was very eager to buy it.
    10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      I wouldn't draw the conclusion that it belonged to a Captain-- just someone who wanted and was willing to pay more for a souvenir. Large size is not a complete plus-- it gives the piece great overall impact, but it is significantly harder to display because of the huge wall space it take sup.

      The prices offered are pretty astounding based on condition (heavy fading) and current market conditions.

      I would expect this particular example to sell for about $300- $500.

      scott

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