Banner - GFS 1875

Scope and Content

Banner and pole attached (pole painted and varnished with guided turned finials, right side finial appears to unscrew), purple damask weave silk (?) ground, purple damask weave silk(?) lining, design: front face - the letters 'Girls' Friendly Society' and '1875' embroidered in gold coloured wrapped thread in laid and couched outlined in black thread, figure of angel comprising of applied panels of silk (?) and metal woven fabrics, all linear details and edges of laid metal wrapped thread couched with silk (?) thread in a variety of colours, details including, hands, face, upper wings and cloud are embroidered with satin split stitch, lining the words 'FOR CHURCH AND EMPIRE' embroidered in gold coloured wrapped laid and couched thread, a pair of dolphins positioned either side of axial ornament, ornament comprises appliquéd panel of weft faced cloth (metal wrapped thread and silk (?), design outlined and detailed with laid and couched threads, additional outline in black cord around ornament design, dolphin eyes embroidered , blue and cream silk (?) cord attached to each end of wood pole extending across top edge forming a knotted loop in centre, each end knotted and unravelled to form tassel effect, front face - trimmed with fringe of alternating bands of red, green and cream; heading tape of black silk with supplementary warp of gold coloured metal wrapped thread, lining - each vertical side and lower edge trimmed with narrow woven braid black silk with supplementary warp of gold coloured metal wrapped thread, pole sleeve with hanging knotted cord, banner secured to pole with eye screws through eyelet holes in pole sleeve hanging mechanism.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Conserved 2005 by Textile Conservation centre, see report in accession file