WWI Souvenir of Egypt Allied Leaders & Flags Silk Cloth


A very unusual and rarely seen outside of museums c1914, early WWI ‘Souvenir of Egypt’ Silk Cloth that features the Nile and the Pyramids, but more interestingly the leaders and flags of the Allied Forces, including the recently semi-independent Egypt.
The silk is square in shape with silk tassels along its edge. The central image is the bank of the Nile, with the Pyramids in the background and some Egyptians, a camel and some palm trees. Surrounding this image is a large wreath of laurel branches on which are placed the flags of Egypt, Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Belgium, as well as the photo busts of the leaders. These are: Sultan Husayn Kamil, King George V, President Raymond Poincaré, The Tsar Nicholas II, King Victor Emmanuel III, King Albert I. At the bottom of the picture is the Australian flag in a sky blue background and a scroll that reads: Heaven’s light our guide
Rule Britania
Evil be to him who evil thinks
God Save the King
On the right hand side is the title: Souvenir of Egypt.
Souvenirs like this were very popular during the First World War due to their colourful nature and the fact they were easy to fold and post home. Soldiers bought them while travelling to or from the Western Front (via Egypt), or while they were serving or training in Egypt. Very little is written about these souvenirs and much of what we know is from anecdotal information from veterans obtained by Memorial staff in the 1980s and 1990s. The fact that the only similar ones we have foud online are in Australian museums indicates that were probably sold to Anzac troops stationed in Egypt. However, troops from Australia, India and Britain were stationed in Egypt at that time.
The cloth is a little soiled but should clean quite easily, if required.
Size: 45 x 45 cm (17 ¾ x 17 ¾ inches)
Size with tassels: 60 x 60 cm (23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches)
Weight: 29 g