This listing is for a beautiful antique silk embroidery of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom. The embroidery is done using silk thread on a crimson silk fabric background. The needlework has great details and is in beautiful condition reflecting only very minor wear to the silk background fabric.
There are no rips or tears, holes, etc. In the fabric and the silk threads used in the design are in excellent condition.
Framed measurement is 15" high, 17 1/4" wide and 7/8 thick. The silk interior measures 13" high and 15 1/8" wide. The gold leaf decorated wooden frame is undecorated and has rounded edges. The condition is very good with typical signs of wear (one stress crack, minor chips and rubbing) expected with age and normal use.
The backing is mounted into the frame with square nails. Frame was removed in June, 2013 and needlework was cleaned and replaced and lined with acid free board.
The band surrounding the shield bears the motto of the Order of the Garter, an ancient order of knighthood of which the Queen of England is the Sovereign. "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE" translates to "Shame to him who evil thinks".
Below this band is the motto of the Sovereign "DIEU ET MON DROIT" which translates "God and my right". The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom has evolved over the many years since the 1100s and reflects the history of the Monarchy and of the country, however, the arms have remained unchanged since Queen Victoria acceded to the throne in 1837.The shield shows the various royal emblems of different parts of the United Kingdom - the three lions of England in the first and third quarter of the shield, the lion of Scotland in the second and the harp of Ireland in the third. This is a great and unusual item for the person who loves antique needlework and also for the person who collects items relating to royalty.
Have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business! The item "RARE FRAMED ANTIQUE SILK NEEDLEWORK, BRITISH LION & UNICORN ROYAL COAT OF ARMS" is in sale since Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Other Antique Textiles". The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.