Great White Fleet Commemorative Embroidery
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U.S. NAVY. Great White Fleet; Japan: c1908. Commemorative silk embroidery with glass eagle’s eye. 22-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches (sight); framed.
This souvenir for one of the sailors was most likely made in Japan, judging not only by its material, but its stylized design. The American eagle was one of the more popular motifs. The fierce eagle sits atop a panoply of American flags holding a green banner with the words, “In God We Trust.” An anchor hangs below the flags.
The various colors (red, white, blue, green, brown, and gold) remain bright and vivid. The eagle is embroidered, the stuffing giving it a wonderful dimensionality; being especially appealing in a beautiful brown and gold. Unusual is the blue silk background, showing some slight spotting and wear; the remainder is in excellent condition and one of the more striking examples we’ve handled. Housed in a modern shadow box frame.