image of Lady Godiva statue, positioned in front of a stained glass window

(no title - statue of Lady Godiva)

(as 1933 Calendar

Reference Number:- Godden Number:- Grant Catalogue Number:-
gt 233 1059 unknown

Woven on Silk:-


Printed at bottom of card:-
Woven in Pure Silk.
P.T.O.               W. H. GRANT & CO., COVENTRY

Lift up flap: cm deep by cm wide
Overall card: 19.0cm deep by 13.0cm wide

11.0cm high by 6.5cm wide


by Geoffrey Godden:
Various woven calendars were made in different years - many mounted on postcards from the early 1900s onwards, others with Christmas or New Year greetings printed on the reverse side.

Several silks were incorporated in the covers or mounts of calendars (the calendar part being printed on paper in the normal manner) and these cannot be classed as woven calendars. Nevertheless, the finest post-war Grant silk pictures have been especially woven to enhance these standard calendars.

A most imposing silk produced both before and after the Second World War. This was the first silk picture to be designed by T. D. Howes, in 1933 (as above). The post-war version (made into the 1958 calendar), adapted from the only draft to survive the bombing, differs slightly from the pre-war design.
The design is of the Lady Godiva statue in St. Mary's Hall, Coventry, positioned before a stained glass window.

Other comments:
As Godden notes, this same design of silk was used in the 1958 Calendar, recorded as gt258 on this site.
This later 1958 calendar however was slightly larger in size compared to the 1933 version above {the silk being 11.0cm by 6.5cm in this 1933 calendar, compared to 14.6cm by 8.5cm in the 1958 version}.

Apart from size, the only difference is in the large white cloud at the top of the silk. In the 1933 calendar, there is within this cloud a smaller swirl of grey cloud. In the 1958 version, this is replaced with a more flattened cloud, coloured peach.

On the calendar above, the central flap containing the silk, lifts up to reveal the 1933 calendar, together with an amusing motto.
As can be seen in the image below, the calendar is still complete, and the motto for January 1933 reads:
" PERFECTION is not the privilege of few, but the possible attainment of all. "

image of calendar part of this silk, concealed below the lift up flap containing the woven silk.
calendar part of this silk, concealed below the lift up flap containing the woven silk.

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This page was created on 14 May 2005
improved image & image of calendar added 19 September 2018 © Peter Daws - Stevengraph-Silks