Extraordinary antique embroidery / needlework Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom in gold and colored threads. The shield is supported by a crowned Lion of England on one side and the Unicorn of Scotland on the other, both with glass eyes and depicted in profile standing erect with forepaws raised (rampant). It has the motto of the English monarch "Dieu et mon droit" embroidered on a banner below the shield and "Honi soit qui mal y pense", the motto of the Order of the Garter, on the garter wrapped around the circular shield. Large flags are embroidered on the background as well as sails of a large ship on the center behind the crown and flags. A smaller shield lies on its side on the lower left and symbolic flowers, a rose representing England, a thistle Scotland and shamrocks Ireland, are embroidered below the garter. We have seen similar items with this three-dimensional, raised embroidery technique described as most likely made by the Broderer's Guild. Embroidery with vibrant colors, in very good condition; black silk backing in tatters, as shown. Photo taken through glass which explains reflections. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number. Please provide zip code for best shipping quote to your location.
Measurements: Frame: 31" by 23 1/2" approximately.
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