The Mayflower - 1969

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
obk 80   not listed recorded without number

silk mounted in original green card mount,
with title woven in silk at the bottom.
Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA) silk picture of The Mayflower ship leaving harbour, mounted in original green card mount
silk mounted in later white card mount,
and note the card covers the lower part of
the woven silk, obscuring the BWA credit.
Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA) silk picture of The Mayflower ship leaving harbour, mounted in later white card mount
The image of this silk was very kindly donated by Mary Brittan, UK.


Printed at bottom of card mount:-

Woven in Silk
B.W.A.  1969


Sailing of the Mayflower, 1620


Printed on reverse of card mount:-
Sailing of the Mayflower, 1620. The travels of the Pilgrim Fathers began in 1610 when members of the English Separatist Church migrated to Leyden, Holland, seeking to practise their religious beliefs free from persecution. Despite being well received in Holland they became fearful 'that their posterity would in a few generations become Dutch and so lose their interest in the English nation; they being desirous rather to enlarge his Majesty's Dominions and to live under their natural prince' and they returned to England. On September 6th, 1620, 35 members of the Separatist Church were included in a party of 102 men, women and children who sailed from the Old Barbican, Plymouth, England on board the Mayflower. A small party from the ship landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 21st 1620, establishing the first permanent colony in New England.

Card mount:
cm deep by cm wide

11.4cm high by 16.7cm wide

Technical Details supplied by Lewis Cowen:
First Sketch:    Mr Wm. Hine
Design Draft:Mr Wm Hine
Card Cutter:Mr William Stubbs
Weavers:Mrs Marjorie Byrne
Mrs Marion Revill
Design No:Z.17753
by Lewis Cowen:
In 1969 another picture, THE SAILING OF THE MAYFLOWER, 1620, again having no apparant connection with Macclesfield, was marketed in a further attempt to break into the American market. Anticipating a successful outcome, a greater number of pictures than normal were produced, but this venture was also a failure. The increased production almost certainly led to this particular picture becoming the least expensive one (still) to obtain.

Other comments:
The original issue of this picture is shown on the left above, mounted in a green card mount. It is the coloured mounts which define the original issue of the silk pictures. Several years later BWA realised their pictures were being bought as collectors items, and they seem to have reissued all the early ones mounted in a white card mount (as the main image above). It is probable however that the silks of these white reissued pictures came from the original weaving.

As can be seen in the two images above however, the later white card version has been mounted such that the original woven title is obscured, and the title printed instead on the card. Below is a close up of those woven words:

close up ov words woven at the bottom of the original silk picture
close up of words woven at bottom of this silk

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new white card image added 4 September 2008, and green card image added 26 April 2018 © Peter Daws - Stevengraph-Silks