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This handmade embroidery depicts “Old Ironsides” under full sail. The representation of the USS Constitution closely resembles one painted by Gordon Grant in 1927, and was likely based on that popular image. The blue background on which the ship appears has discolored slightly in places, but the clouds, waves, and the Constitution are all in good condition. The title is irregularly stitched in black thread on the bottom of the panel.

A note written on the cardboard that backs the embroidery reveals that a person named C. M. Walker of Brooklyn, New York gave the embroidery to their friend Jack in August 1938. Although we don’t yet know any more about C. M. Walker, it is probable that he or she made this embroidery as a copy of the Gordon Grant painting.

C. M. Walker

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Cardboard, Textile, Thread

[H]16 in. [W]12 in.

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USS Constitution Museum Collection. John Lennhoff Gift.

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