Historical information

During the 1914-1918 war these souvenirs were sent by a soldier to his sweetheart, his fiance. The handkerchief is made of pure silk. Sadly the soldier was killed on the battlefield and did not return home. His fiance remained true to his love for the rest of her life, laughing away proposals of any other admirers. Her name was Ada. She is 97 years now and is living in Tasmania, was a good friend Beannie Cummins (dec) of Alexandra. Information forwarded in 1994.


Part of our World War One collection of local significance.

Physical description

White Silk Handkerchief with cotton lace edging os 1.5 cm wide. Monogram on corner in the shape of a horseshoe. Embroidered in red silk with the words "SOUVENIR DE FRANCE". In the middle of the horseshoe there is an embroidered bunch of flowers in the colours of France, red, white and blue. There is a gold border around the horseshoe.

Inscriptions & markings

SOUVENIR DE FRANCE horseshoe, tri-colour, red, white and blue flowers, lace edging