This circa 1917 large hand embroidered pillow cover was made in France during World War II. Embroidered textiles, postcards, and souvenirs commemorating the allied war effort was a cottage industry in France during the Great War, a way for women to earn extra money selling needlework souvenirs to the soldiers. Most of these needlework souvenirs were small, such as hankies and postcards. Many celebrated cooperation between the allied countries of France, England, and America.
This is an uncommon example, depicting a chain stitched eagle resting atop both American and French flags. Souvenir de France is embroidered above and the embroidery is bordered in red, white, and blue chain stitch stripes. The ground material is satin backed with buckram for stability. The back pocket insert is cotton muslin. The lace border is nearly 4 inches wide with blue silk ribbon insertion, tied into bows at the corners.
The pillow cover is 24 inches square. The back is discolored from age and has water staining. The front is in much better condition but it has a few age spots too, as does the lace. The lace trim has a couple of minor snags, but I found no holes or tears to the pillow cover.
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