|Date made||c 1915-1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Patriotic crocheted traycloth : Australian homefront, First World War
Handmade filet crochet cotton patriotic tray cloth, showing a ship and Union Jacks in the centre with 'DARDANELLES 1915 OUR HEROES', and a border of crossed Union Jacks and French tricolors and Victoria Crosses. An anchor is set in each corner in the angle formed by the crossed flag poles.
The maker of this patriotic tray cloth is unknown. Patterns for items such as this appeared in various women's journals during the First World War and could be adapted or combined make a variety of commonly used household items, such as tray cloths, milk jug covers, antimacassars and even bedspreads. Less useful applications included patriotic edging that was tacked to the edges of mantle pieces or window frames.