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Early USN embroidered Cruise Jacket c. 1947

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Posted 7 years ago

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This is the earliest USN tour jacket in my collection.

These had their beginnings in the large framed embroidery of the late 19th century that were popular among sailors and documented a tour to the Orient. By the middle of the 20th century, similar eagles and flags were were applied to jumpers and other clothing. The large frameable embroidery waned in popularity.

This jacket is privately tailored of a black denim type material with a blue silk liner. Some of the characteristics of the jacket are taken from the US Navy jumper.

The sailor served aboard the USS Chevalier (DD805). It was made in 1947 while in port in Tsingtao. It has Hong Kong and Shanghai on each sleeve and several renditions of the Chinese Flag.

The front of the jacket has the sailor’s name “Charlie” embroidered above the pocket.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Thanks for the love, Tom.
  2. SCPODan, 7 years ago
    Another fine example of the Asian Eagle vs. Dragon design (often referred to as a variant of the Yin-Yang ongoing struggle).
  3. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Dan-- I posted a 1946 jacket from a USMC veteran.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks Jteachout.

  5. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    USS Chevalier (DD/DDR-805) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, the second Navy ship named for Lieutenant Commander Godfrey DeC. Chevalier (1889–1922), a pioneer of naval aviation.

    Chevalier was launched 29 October 1944 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. G. DeC. Chevalier; and commissioned 9 January 1945, Commander F. Wolsieffer in command.
    Chevalier cleared Guantanamo Bay 18 June 1945, and reached Pearl Harbor 9 July. On the 24th, she sailed to join in the bombardment of Wake on 1 August, arriving at Eniwetok next day. She joined Task Force 38 (TF 38) off Honsh? 18 August, and with her force entered Tokyo Bay 26 August. After patrol and escort assignments supporting occupation activities in the Marianas and Philippines, Chevalier sailed from Saipan 25 March 1946 for San Diego, arriving 11 April.

    Before the Korean War, Chevalier completed tours of duty in the western Pacific in 1946–7, and 1948–9, and maintained her readiness through local operations from San Diego. On 18 March 1949, she was reclassified DDR-805, a radar picket destroyer
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the info pop.

  7. mvintage mvintage, 6 years ago
    wow nice very nice can i buy it ??
  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking mvintage.

    I have several other embroidered items posted-- all part of my collection.

    Additionally, this site is "Show and Tell"-- posting of items for sale is prohibited.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking tony.

  10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking trgrubaugh.

  11. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking manikin.

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

  13. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking lambert-- if you check my other items, I have several more of these asian souvenir embroidery pieces posted.

  14. Tanni Tanni, 2 years ago
    I absolutely love it!

    How did/do you find all the historic information?

    Would you possibly have any recommendations, pointers or book suggestions for newbes in this subject ?

  15. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 years ago
    I so remember this and it is still a awesome subject of American history Military!!
  16. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks tanni.

    I think there is a book out there on these embroidery souvenirs-- can't recall the title, but I'll see if I can track it down.

    Here are some other examples that I have posted on Collectors Weekly:




  17. SCPODan, 2 years ago
    Perhaps this is the book you were thinking of?


  18. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks dan-- that is it. I heard the author was a pretty good guy as well!

    I haven't seen you on here in a while-- hope all is well.

  19. SCPODan, 2 years ago
    That's just a vicious rumor, Scott.
    Working on new book, U.S. Navy usage of law enforcement style badges. This usage didn't start until the 1930s. I now own 100+ examples and another 200+ images.
    Went through a couple of years of family health problems. Things are better now.
    Hope you and yours are well.
  20. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Glad to have back and hear that things are better. Keep us posted on the book.


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