R.M.S. Abosso

Reference Number:- Godden Number:- Sprake Number:- Radley Number:-
gc 402 not recorded No Postcards listed by Sprake Recorded
 

same silk card, but with thistle design in each of the four corners of the embossing
 
Colour image of ship
same silk card, but with anchor design in each of the four corners of the embossing
 
Colour image of ship

 
Words:
Woven on Silk:-

[image of ship, with two masts,
a yellow funnel and flag of the African Steam Ship Co]

Printed at bottom of card:-
 
 
WOVEN IN PURE SILK
 
 
 
R.M.S. ABOSSO
 
 
Size:
card:
cm long by cm deep

silk:
cm long by cm deep

Comments:

Grant postcards usually have printed card designs, although it is now believed they also made two variety of embossed ship and Hands Across The Sea postcards.

The first of these variations has been identified from the recorded silk of R.M.S. Caronia {gc408 on this site}. This has the Grant name printed on the card, and has a distinctive embossing around the silk together with an anchor design in each corner (as the image above), with regional variations of the thistle and shamrock.

In addition to this distinctive feature of the embossing and four anchor designs, there is an additional rectangle pressing round the whole central design. It is this outer rectangle which defines the second of the Grant variations.

As regards the actual silk, there are recorded two versions of RMS Abosso:
The first is shown above (without the cranes), whilst the second is recorded as gc403 (with the derrick cranes).
From comparison with actual photographs we know the woven silk of gc403 (with the derrick cranes) to be an accurate presentation of R.M.S. ABOSSO, whilst the silk above (without the cranes) is actually that of either RMS Elmina (recorded as gc410) or RMS Falaba (recorded as gc412).


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This page was created on 13 January 2017
additional image with anchor design added 29 August 2018 © Peter Daws
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