Patriotic crocheted traycloth : Australian homefront, First World War

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL33929
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1915-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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.

History / Summary

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.

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