PAIR OF PATRIOTIC NEEDLEWORK PICTURES, silk and metallic threads on a silk ground, each featuring eagle, flags, photographic prints, and inscriptions, one titled "IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD" with additional inscription "S. S. CLEVELAND" below a photographic print of the vessel; the other titled "IN MEMORY OF MY CRUISE IN CHINA AND JAPAN" with additional inscriptions for "PHILIPPINES" and "HAWAII" at bottom. One inscribed on backboard verso "Bought in Japan / by E. A. Bloser / March 1913", and the other inscribed verso "Framed by E. A. Bloser / New Kensington, Pa. / Mar 10th 1916". Each housed under glass in period, possibly original, frame. Asian made for the American market, probably Japanese. Circa 1913. Each 16 1/8" x 14" sight, 22 1/2" x 20 1/2" OA.
Some fading and discoloration with minor losses. Portion of lower inscription on one example picked out. Mattes with toning and foxing. Frames with wear. Not examined out of frames.
Provenance: Property from the collection of Robert and Patsy Hassert, Strasburg, VA.
Catalogue Note: Both compositions included in the present lot feature a photographic portrait of Elias A. Blosser (b.1856) of New Kensington, PA. Bloser, according to information provided by the consignor, was a jeweler from New Kensington, PA (near Pittsburgh) who took a trip around the world aboard the "S. S. Cleveland" in 1913. These two silk needlework pictures are souvenirs from the trip.