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Silk long stitch embroidery souvenir

Date: 1946 - 1952
Dimensions:
Overall: 455 x 380 mm, 2 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Silk, foil
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Souvenir
Object No: 00027626
Place Manufactured:Nihon

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    Description
    Silk long stitch embroidery work, with the inscription "In Renembrance [sic] of my Trip to the Orient". A large eagle surmounts an arm patch of the British Commonwealth forces. The patch is surrounded by six flags, three American and three union jacks.
    SignificanceThis is representative of the memorabilia produced for American and Allied personnel stationed in Japan after WWII.
    HistoryThe British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) shared in the military occupation of Japan from 13 February 1946 through to 28 April 1952. Its objective was to enforce the terms of the unconditional surrender brokered at the end of World War II. BCOF was originally composed of 45 000 troops from four Commonwealth countries (Britain, India, New Zealand and Australia) including an Australia contingent of about 16,000 troops. At its peak, the Australian contingent was responsible for 57,000 square kilometres of country and twenty million Japanese citizens. In late 1948 Australia was the only country still representing the Commonwealth in Japan, alongside the United States, and by early 1949 the BCOF had begun to decline. The Force was dismantled in 1952 when the Japanese Peace Treaty came into effect.


    Additional Titles

    Web title: Silk long stitch embroidery souvenir

    Primary title: IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY TRIP TO THE ORIENT, LONG STITCH EMBROIDERY WORK ON A WHITE SILK BACKGROUND.

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