probable Great Britain printed title
 
Image of Buffalo Bill (Col. W.F. Cody), together with 7 American Red Indian chiefs and one other portrait
probable USA printed title
 
Image of Buffalo Bill (Col. W.F. Cody), together with 7 American Red Indian chiefs and one other portrait

Souvenir of The Wild West


Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
so 472 STG94a 100a
 
Words:
Woven on silk:-
 
 
GOOD EAGLE
 
MR NATE SALSBURY
DIRECTOR 
 
 
MOCCASIN TOP
 
LITTLE CHIEF 
 
BUFFALO BILL
COL. W.F. CODY 
FLIES ABOVE 
BLUE HORSE
 
 
RED SHIRT 
LITTLE BULL

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY T. STEVENS, COVENTRY.

SOUVENIR of THE WILD WEST.

Size:
Card-mount:
24.0cm deep by 17.0cm wide

silk:
14.6cm deep by 8.9cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
The same picture as STG 94 [so212 on this site] except that the title is "Souvenir of the Wild West." 

by Geoffrey Godden:
William Frederick Cody (1846-1917) has been previously listed under BUFFALO BILL [so128 on this site].
The important large-size silk titled W. F. CODY shows 'Buffalo Bill' surrounded by the portraits of seven Indian chiefs and Nate Salsbury, the director of the famous Wild West show. Two American flags are crossed below these portraits.
The title, SOUVENIR OF THE WILD WEST was listed on back-labels from 23+26+2 of 1887 onwards, mounted on various card-mounts according to the period of issue.
The subject was mentioned in The Stationery Trades Journal of October 1887, and the point was then made that this was one of the one-shilling subjects, not the normal sixpenny portrait.

The same subject was also issued with the title W. F. CODY (BUFFALO BILL) [so212 on this site].

Other comments:
It is known that as well as touring the USA, Buffalo Bill and the Wild West Show toured Great Britain.
In the images above, the printed Stevens credit on the left reads: WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY T. STEVENS, COVENTRY, whilst that on the right reads: WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY T. STEVENS, COVENTRY, ENGLAND.
With the reference to "England", it would seem that this alternative printing on the card-mount was specifically for the USA market.
On the reverse of this silk too, is an extensive history of Buffalo Bill, history of Nate Salsbury, and a mention of the native indian chiefs.

reverse label attached to the silk with the printed England credit
 


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