|This silk has been recorded with the Hands Across the Seas postcards having the following ship's names:-|
|Name of Ship|
|sh58||not recorded||(no ship name)|
|sh62||not recorded||SS Persic|
|sh64||not recorded||SS Runic|
The image of the hands differs from all other Stevens Hands Across the Sea cards. Not only is the woman's hand (facing forward) more open than normal and the palm is visible, importantly, the man's hand clearly has five fingers, with the thumb hidden.
Chris Radley, writing in the 1985 RF Picture Postcard Catalogue publication mentions that STEVENS might have produced Experimental cards in Australia, one of which was a HANDS ACROSS THE SEA card with Great Britain and Australian flags.
The embossing round the silks of Persic and Runic is of a maple leaf design which is used sparingly by Stevens, and it is this feature which defines them as of Stevens manufacture. An example, with maple leaf embossing and six finger hand, can be seen as HMT Empress Britain (sh142 on this site).
However, the embossing round the silk of the " no ship name " silk is of the Grant " Cat: C: Embossed 8-six petal + 4-five petal border " type. I have no explaination as to why a supposed Stevens silk should be mounted in a supposed Grant card.