First World War patriotic tea cloth

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL38287
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Handmade filet crochet and embroidered cotton tea cloth. The centre of the cloth is a crocheted square worked with an image of a ship, two union jacks and the words 'DARDENELLES 1915 OUR HEROES'. This crochet is framed by a plain cotton border with scalloped edges. Each corner is decorated with an embroidered spray of flowers.

History / Summary

This design was one of many patriotic crochet patterns made popular during the First World War. The Ladies Home Journal published a series of these patterns which Australian women could complete to make a variety of household items, such as bedspreads, tray cloths or table cloths.