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Soldier-Made Woolwork Picture of Flowers in an Urn

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A good woolwork picture made by a soldier of the British Army probably during his leisure hours whilst stationed in India. Within a good bird's eye maple frame period to the work.

o.s:20.75 in x 20.25 in 

Both soldiers and sailors needed to be skilled in needlework in order to keep their uniforms in good order. A roll of cloth with pockets for thread, needles and buttons called a ‘housewife’ or ‘hussif’, was still being issued to British soldiers into the 1960’s.  The skill of making these woolwork pictures seems to have been learned from sailors encountered by soldiers when embarking for the colonies. They were done to pass time and to make something for the family home. 


Item Code: 5055

£ 1300

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