H.M.S.

(untitled cruiser of the Orlando class, with one flag on foremast)

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 280 STG180b 31g
 

Image of unknown battle cruiser
 

Words:
Woven on silk:-
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN PURE SILK

 

Size:
Card-mount:
17.8cm deep by 24.1cm wide

silk:
7.0cm high by 13.3cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
In " The Price Guide to Stevengraphs ", Sprake records:

" Orlando " Class Battle Cruisers
There were three vessels in this class: H.M.S. Australia, Galatea, and Immortalité, but no STG has yet been seen bearing these actual titles.
STG180b - No title, but probably H.M.S. Australia. Close inspection of the detail on main mast and upperwork on the two specimens seen suggest it is definitely this ship.

by Geoffrey Godden:
A series of silks depicts six named naval vessels (and at least one unnamed); and the general title 'Battleships' is to be found on some early twentieth-century labels from 33+33 of late 1901 or early 1902. These battleship Stevengraphs are very rarely found today. They were perhaps mainly sold at the naval ports, where they would soon have become 'dated' or old-fashioned. The different titles are listed [as st280 to st328 on this site].
An untitled battleship is shown on this extremely rare Stevengraph (above).

Other comments:
Whilst Godden refers to this series of silks under the generic term of battleships, the image above is of a cruiser. Ten of the Stevens silks are of Majestic-class pre-dreadnought battleships, whilst the silk above is of a totally different design to the other Stevens ships, and has been subsequently identified as an Orlando class cruiser.

According to details on Wikipedia, there were seven ships in the Orlando Class, being:
Orlando
Aurora
Australia
Galatea
Immortalité
Narcissus
Undaunted
 



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