Drawstring knitting bag with Allied soldiers

WWI French stitchery: large drawstring knitting bag. One side has the French Third Republic emblem motif (blue "RF" embroidered on red shield at top; 4 masted French flags below; green and white croix de guerre [war cross] at bottom with gold center) with "1918" embroidered underneath in red. The other side depicts 7 soldiers from different Allied nations. Proceeding from left to right, the soldiers are as follows: French (holding a large French flag), Russian, British, Belgian, American, Serbian, and Italian. To the right of the soldiers is a flag pole flying the Allied flags, from top to bottom: Italy, Serbia, America, Belgium, Britain, Russian Empire, and France. Below the soldiers is "1914 - 1918" stitched in red and blue. Green embroidery along the bottom and green X stitch holding drawstring on both sides. A rusty needle is in the top flap of the bag. Made by French peasant women in French Lorraine. Sold in America through the Society for Employment of Women in France.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1914-1918
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
thread (overall material)
overall: 20 3/4 in x 14 1/2 in; 52.705 cm x 36.83 cm
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
French WWI Stitchery
World War I
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
French WWI Stitchery
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift in honor of Elizabeth Dayton Johnson Napier (Mrs. George Ferry Napier) and Helen Napier Mayers (Mrs. D. Alexander Mayers)

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