Image of the Prince of Wales - future King George V

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

(facing left, anchor & four ships beneath portrait)

- future George V

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
so 540 STG17 151
Woven on silk:-
RD: 373526 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-

cm deep by cm wide

cm deep by cm wide

by Austin Sprake:
Regd. No. 373526 usually woven in. Depicts four warships, red crown, large black anchor and deep green leaves below the portrait. 

by Geoffrey Godden:
The Prince of Wales - later King George V - was born in June 1865.
After a long and successful naval career which commenced in 1877, the Prince was created Duke of York in 1892 and Prince of Wales in November 1901.
In May 1910 he succeeded to the British throne on the death of his father, King Edward VII (see so232).

The Stevens silk-work portrait is substantially the same as that titled H.R.H. DUKE OF C'WALL & YORK (so612) except that the ribbon and old title are deleted and the new title H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES is woven across the bottom of the picture.
The registration number 373526, granted on 1 May 1901, is usually woven above this title, although the original records show that the design submitted was, in fact, the earlier one of the Prince as the Duke of York.
This subject is also found without any woven title, but rarely.
The title first appears on label 33+33.

The silk was probably on sale from 1901 until 1910, when it would have been succeeded by that depicting the former Prince of Wales as HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE V (see so280); but examples are now very rare.

Other comments:
The green leaves behind the anchor are sometimes found woven in brown or gold.

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