Woven on silk:-
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN SILK BY THOMAS STEVENS, INVENTOR AND MANUFACTURER, COVENTRY AND LONDON, (REGISTERED.)
Called to the Rescue.
HEROISM AT SEA
12.4 cm deep by 19.0 cm wide
by Austin Sprake:
A blue lifeboat is shown in a stormy sea going to the assistance of a sinking sailing ship. "Heroism at Sea" is sometimes omitted, and inconsistent varieties of colour exist in the crew's clothing.
by Geoffrey Godden:
of the eleven brave men of the Life-boat 'Eliza Adams' who nobly
sacrificed their lives while endeavouring to rescue the crew of the
Ocean Queen, off Wells, October 29th, 1880.
This special wording may have been added only to examples sold locally at Wells or other near-by seaside towns, and such inscribed specimens could well have been sold at a premium to raise funds for the dependents of the lost men. It is highly probable that they were sold only for a brief period - perhaps for no more than a year after the event - for they are very rarely found today, although the basic subject is amongst those most commonly found.