PATRIOTIC DOILY/PLACE MAT CELEBRATING WW I ALLIED VICTORY.
During WW I and shortly thereafter, patriotic objects were numerous and varied. As with so many wars, the initial enthusiasm and excitement soon devolved into grimness as the war years dragged on and on. By the war’s end, few families in Europe had not been affected by family members’ or friends’ deaths and the sheer horror of all-out war. While Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey had little to celebrate, the Allies found validation in victory. The item we are offering today details the winning camp’s attitude.
This 11″ x 14″ doily/place mat revels in the Allied victory. It features an exquisitely delicate lace background that contains an 8″ x 10″ pink satin frame several inches inside it. A smaller, 3″ x 4″ panel within the pink frame displays the date “1919.” Each of the date’s numbers has been stitched from the various, victorious Allies’ national flags. For example, Great Britain’s Union Jack appears on the initial “1,” along with Japan’s flag. France and Australia appear on the “9.” The second “1” features the USA’s flag by itself. [This is only a partial list. Most of the major nations that participated in the war, including Belgium, appear on the various numbers. Below the numbers is a legend that proclaims “Souvenir de France.”
This lovely piece is in excellent condition.