Embroidered souvenir handkerchief

Accession Number REL41638
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton, Silk
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1916-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Souvenir handkerchief with a central brown silk diamond set into a square of white cotton tulle with a scalloped edge. The tulle is machine embroidered with white floral sprays and olive green leaves; the edge is defined by rows of white, olive green and ochre embroidery. A grey and black hand embroidered image of Stonehenge on green grass appears in the centre of the silk diamond together with 'A present from', in pale blue, above it, and 'SALISBURY PLAIN' in red, beneath it.

History / Summary

The history of this handkerchief is unknown.

Salisbury Plain, in Wiltshire, England, was the site of numerous army training camps, both British and Australian, during the First World War. Souvenirs were created especially for soldiers to purchase from canteens in the camps, and in the local area while on leave.

This particular souvenir was also sold to civilian tourists visiting the famous site.