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A Great Small English Sailor's Woolwork (woolie) of a Royal Navy Ship, Circa 1870.


A Great Small English Sailor's Trapunto Woolwork of a Royal Navy Ship,

Circa 1870.

The strongly coloured wool depicts a port side view of a Royal Navy Second Rate, square-rigged, sailing out from port.  A well depicted lighthouse and cottage can be seen on the right about tall white chalky cliffs.  The sails are trapunto work creating a strong three dimensional image of the black-hulled ship with two decks, her gun ports well defined.  The ship sails on a distinctive checkerboard sea of various blues and white.  


Closeup of Lighthouse and cottage

The corners of the slip are surmounted by beautiful tin overlays.

Dimensions: 19 inches x 21 1/4 inches wide; (Sight: 15 1/4 inches x 17 1/4 inches)

Provenance: Old typed label on reverse reads- C.F. McGoughran, Norfolk, CT 06058

Trapunto, from the Italian for "to quilt," is a method of quilting that is also called "stuffed technique." A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.