Original WW1 Warp Her Bot Sailing Boat Pen and Ink Postcard By HSJ
WW1 Warp Her Bot Sailing Boat Pen and Ink Postcard
This lovely little unissued Original WW1 Warp Her Bot Sailing Boat Pen and Ink Postcard By HSJ has a very interesting history.
It appears to be just an antique (over 100 year old) paper postcard, which has the date, (4th August 1916) and signature on the rear of the card.
Measures approximately 13.9 cm (width) x 8.9 cm (height). It has yellowed with age with very slight corner creasing.
A hand drawn, pen and ink, image adorns the front of the card of sailors warping a sailing ship and signed H.S.J.
However, when you know that the pen and ink image was drawn by a sailor (H.S.J) on active duty during WW1 on a naval vessel that had served in "The Battle of Jutland (31st May-1st June 1916)," the postcard takes on a whole new meaning. HSJ probably drew these pictures whilst taking a well-earned break from the toils of battle.
My hubby has owned the postcard since he was a small child in the 1970s. He bought it, and several others, with his pocket money as he loved the picture so much. The shop owner, (from an Antiques shop on Commercial Street, Shipley, West Yorkshire), told him that the artist (HSJ) served on HMS Galatea, which was a Arethusa-class light cruisers built in 1914 and did serve in the Battle of Jutland, however, we have no provenance for this. The artist drew several pictures of sailing ships, and you could assume that he did have some experience or prior knowledge of sail boats probably working out from the Port of Liverpool, UK.
A lovely piece of folk art, Warp Her Bot" is reference to a moving a vessel along by means of lines (or warps) secured to some fixed object especially during low tides or when the bottom of the boat is e.g. stuck in sand or mud.
A wonderful addition to a postcard, naval or militaria collection!
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