A fine example of a padded framed silkwork with a patriotic eagle with glass eye, flags, and shield made by the Japanese for American troops briefly stationed at Nagasaki during the Spanish American War, circa 1890-1910. During this time period, over 16 battleships with 14,000 troops passed through Nagasaki, and these silkworks were sold as souvenirs to the American troops. Many of them kept their vibrant colors, as they were stored for years in their seamen’s trunks, never seeing the light of day. These silks were also sold at the Japanese Pavilion at the St Louis World Fair in 1904.This silkwork is in very good condition, with some fading in spots, framed under glass in a molded wooden frame with gilt inset. Some minor losses on the frame edges. Dimensions: 20 ¾” h x 14” w, sight; 24 ½” h x 17 ½” w, framed.
Nagasaki Japanese Framed Silkwork For American Sailors circa 1890-1910
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