British Sailor’s Large Woolwork Woolie of a Sailing Ship


This large 19th century sailor’s Woolie of a British line-of-battle ship, circa 1840is
is hand embroidered with woolen yarn. It depicts a British naval ship under full sail with canon showing and flying the British Royal Naval Ensign.
The ship has good detail, set against a subtle pastel sea-green ocean.
The maple frame, with an inner border of parcel gilding, is in very good condition.
The British Royal Naval Ensign is the flag of the White Squadron, commissioned at the beginning of the nineteenth century. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, the Royal Navy was divided into three squadrons: the red, the white, and the blue to improve command and control of the Royal Navy. The variation of the flag was commissioned after the union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801 and featured the new Union Jack with the Saint Patrick’s Cross in the first quarter and the red cross on a white background.

Dimensions: 31 wide x 22.5″ height x 1 depth

Condition: The woolie is in very good condition, mounted in its original maple frame with a gilded inner frame. Wear consistent with age and use—minor fading.

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Sailors’ wool works are often called ‘Woolies’ and were produced from the 1840s until the early 20th century, their decline coinciding with the First World War. Such woolwork pictures rarely display the ship’s name or the artist responsible.

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