H.M.S. Mars

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 316 STG181b not recorded
 

Image of small military ship resembling a gun boat

Words:
Woven on silk:-
 
H.M.S. MARS
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-

WOVEN IN PURE SILK.

 

Size:
Card-mount:
cm deep by cm wide

silk:
cm high by cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
Certain back labels list "Battleship", which covers all the ships. STG181 to 184a [st280 to st328 on this site] are basically similar, depicting a late 19th-century, two-funnelled gunboat with red-coated marines and blue-coated sailors on the deck. The sea is bright blue, and the flags are red, white and blue.
H.M.S. Mars:
Title woven on silk. One flag on foremast.

by Geoffrey Godden:
Godden does not record the HMS Mars title.

Other comments:
The ship is identified as a Majestic-class pre-dreadnought battleship. There were nine battleships in the class, and Stevens created a picture for each:
H.M.S. Caesar
H.M.S. Hannibal
H.M.S. Illustrious
H.M.S. Jupiter
H.M.S. Magnificent
H.M.S. Majestic
H.M.S. Mars
H.M.S. Prince George
H.M.S. Victorious.

All of the pictures are of very similar design, with H.M.S. Magnificent, H.M.S. Majestic and H.M.S. Victorious having two flags on the foremast, whilst all the others have only one flag.
Very occasionally the ship's name is woven on the silk, as in the image above, although usually it is simply printed on the card mount.

 


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