Black velvet embroidered panel with World War I allied flags and words 'Egypt', Gallipoli' and 'Gaza'. Embroidered with the date '1917', the panel was made as a World War I souvenir. Its provenance is otherwise unknown - the donation acknowledgement letter notes that 'No doubt some Mother somewhere was very proud of her son's participation in that terrible war.'

The embroidery is chain stitch, suggesting it might have been made with a Cornely embroidery machine, which sewed in chain (and moss) stitch.

A similar black velvet panel with chain-stitch writing and embroidered flags is held in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (GH017125). Neither panel has a known maker.

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Black velvet panel embroidered with chain stitch. Includes Includes flags, wreath, bugle and star, and frame for photographs.

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