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RAF WW11 Hand Embroidered 'Whitley' Table Cloth - Click for the bigger picture

RAF WW11 Hand Embroidered 'Whitley' Table Cloth

A totally unique and beautifully worked example and despite being 75 years old still in very fine condition. Sadly the history of the item has been lost down the years but fortunately we know exactly who made it and when! It is finely embroidered to the bottom edge ‘Mrs Main, Edinburgh’ and dated in blue ‘1941’. We can only surmise Mrs Main had a husband or son serving as aircrew in WW11 and probably on a Whitley Squadron. We deduce this as table cloth features two slightly naive depictions of an Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley which was one of three British twin-engine, front line medium bomber types in service with the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War. It took part in the first RAF bombing raid on German territory and remained an integral part of the early British bomber offensive until the introduction of four-engine "heavies". On the alternate corners the cloth is further embroidered with a fine RAF crest with Kings Crown and ‘Per Adua Ad Astra’ legend below and opposite a winged roundel device. The table cloth measures 33” x 33” (84 cm x 84 cm). This wonderful souvenir from the early years of WW11 could be used as intended on a small occasional table although it would look even better being framed and mounted behind glass and so form the centre piece of an RAF collection or display. We will however leave the final decision on that to the new custodian. It would of course make a wonderful present for the aviation collector in your life and something you will never find on any high street!