Table Runner, Souvenir World War 1
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Silk fringed cloth with embroidered flowers, flags, leaves and scene of the Sphinx and pyramids. Reads: "Souvenir of Egypt 1915. To Ada from Ian Egypt. Cairo."
CH classification TEXTILES Table Linen dressing table cloth
Length: 980mm (not including fringe)
Silk (Textiles), Indeterminate Textile (Textiles) metal thread
SOUVENIR OF EGYPT\1915\TO ADA FROM SAM EGYPT\CAIRO'
History and use
This silk fringed cloth with embroidered flowers, flags, leaves and scene of the Sphinx and pyramids is a souvenir from World War 1.Souvenirs like this were produced in Egypt and England, often for the Australian soldier market. The troops bought the souvenirs and sent them home to their families, who often framed them or made them into cushion covers and other items. Some items were also exported to Australia and New Zealand and sold there. The inscriptions on this item read: "Souvenir of Egypt 1915. To Ada from Ian Egypt. Cairo." Sadly, the identities of Ada and Ian are not known. They may have been brother and sister, or sweethearts.