Saturday, 10 November 2012
First World War Silk Postcard - Royal Engineers
This is the card that made up my mind. My grandfather was in the Royal Engineers in the First World War, so there was no way I wasn't going to buy it.
The quality of the stitching is exquisite. The lettering on the regimental badge is tiny, faded, but all still plainly legible - Royal Engineers in yellow on a blue background, George V's cypher, GVR, in the centre, and the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense around it in yellow on a white background.
I have never taken the cards out of the frame to see what, if anything, is written on them. They were framed many years ago, and are mounted in wood, not card. Whether they are mementoes of a loved one who never came back, or souvenirs of a soldier who returned, I shall never know.