Description: "Fragment with heraldic devices. German, 14th century. Silver and gilt strip and colored silks in brick and satin stitches on linen"
Origin: Germany
Period: 14th-15th century
Current location: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Museum number: 8646-1863
Object number: O364060

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Original catalog description:
"Burse (part of) of fine canvas, embroidered with violet, yellow, red, and blue silks, and strips of gold and silver tinsel in short stitches. The pattern consists of interlacing
and angular narrow bands of blackened (silver) tinsel, bordered with yellow silk. The spaces are charged severally (1) Field, gules, three lions passant, gardent, or ; (2) Field, quarterly, 1 and 4 argent, a lion rampant, gules, 2 and 3 gules, a lion rampant, or ; (3) Barry of 1 2 azure and argent, a lion rampant, gules ; (4) Field, argent, two bars sable; (5) Field, gules with bars argent. English. 13th centy. 4 3/4 in. by 3 1/2 in." (Cole: 268)

Personal Observations:

Fabric count: 51 Count fabric (Based on personal observation)

Colors noted (Matched under natural light to a DMC sample card):
    Gilt Strip    
    Silver Strip    
    All other colors badly faded

Cole, Alan S. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Collections of Tapestry and Embroidery in the South Kensington Museum. London: Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode for H.M. Stationery Off., 1888.{}