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Oriental Souvenir embroidery with Flags and Dragon USN

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    Posted 10 years ago

    scottvez
    (930 items)

    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.

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. SCPODan, 10 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.
      -dan
      http://www.navycollector.com
    2. Dan, 10 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, 10 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.

      Scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      bellin: Here is the larger piece that I told you about.

      Scott
    5. Spackova Spackova, 9 years ago
      Beautiful. What would you call these?
    6. scottvez scottvez, 9 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,

      Scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking tom, bratjdd and Chris.

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

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the thoughts eye4!

      scott
    11. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 9 years ago
      That american flag looks AMAZING against that dark background Anouther item perfectly timed. Mikie
    12. scottvez scottvez, 9 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.

      scott
    13. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking tom.

      scott
    14. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking kathy.

      scott
    15. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking cultcha.

      scott
    16. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks again tony.

      scott
    17. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking rob!

      scott
    18. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking mxmarinemom!

      scott
    19. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks tom!

      scott
    20. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking gargoylecollector!

      scott
    21. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks tom and brunswick!

      scott
    22. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks again padit.

      scott
    23. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks cultcha.

      scott
    24. lundy lundy, 3 months ago
      Hey thank you for the info yours is beautiful thank you
    25. scottvez scottvez, 3 months ago
      Glad to help out.

      scott
    26. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 months ago
      I was thinking "The Great White Fleet" also. Can we say that now ? How about, The Great Honky Fleet ? LOL !!

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