George Washington Company, Yokohama, Japan (attributed to): Early 20th Century
American Eagle and Flag Embroidery
Embroidered silk in wooden frame
19.5 x 20.25 inches framed
Framed textile embroidered in silk depicting a stylized eagle above an array of four flags and a shield and a banner with the motto “E Pluribus Unum.” It is in the style of embroideries produced by the George Washington Company of Yokohama, Japan, which marketed patriotic embroideries to American sailors as souvenirs. The eagle and the overall style and composition of this embroidery is consistent with other known embroideries produced by the company. According to collectibles experts Ralph and Terry Kovel, the firm was active from 1880 to at least World War I.
Kovel, Ralph and Terry. “Silk Pictures A Mystery from the Orient.” Chicago Tribune. 4 March 1994.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-03-04/entertainment/9403040268_1_kovels-pictures-silk (30 September 2016).