Silk Postcard

From the Archive and Supporting Collection

19th May 2017

A beautiful but very delicate silk embroidered postcard featuring the Tank Corps Crest. 

SilkThis superbly detailed image of the Crest is embellished with pink buds and a large white and pink flower surrounded by faded foliage which was carefully stitched in colour silk threads onto fine lawn fabric. The embroidery is boarded by a card mount embossed with a chain of four leaf clovers and horseshoes in each corner. A touching handwritten message is written in elaborate script on the back of the card in pencil:

“To Dearest Mother
With best of love and sincere wishes
From your loving son
Robert                     Good luck”

Silk Postcards were a popular First World War souvenir for soldiers at the Front. Designs were often patriotic or floral featuring brightly coloured Allied flags, Cap badges or birds delivering messages and flower baskets. 

To protect them from damage, silk postcards were often enclosed with other correspondence for added protection meaning they rarely feature detailed inscriptions or clues to the sender identity. Despite being 100 years old, this postcard remains in very good condition. Silks are known to be particularly sensitive to light and temperature, so it is no surprise that the crown of the crest and the foliage have become paler over time.

The Tank Museum Archive houses a small but varied collection of silk postcards, several examples of which can be seen on display in the Tank Men Hall.