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Babby25
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1 of 9  Sat 10th May 2014 8:52am  
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Hi all. I am making some enquiries for a friend who has two identical ribbons with the original pins that she has found in her attic. The small lengths of ribbon have a woven picture of Queen Alexandra with the words "God Bless" written underneath (possibly to commemorate her death in 1925). I am assuming that they may be Cash's ribbons, by the quality of their make up but they may have been produced by another local company. If any one has any further information or can shead any light on these ribbons I would be eternally grateful & my friend will be ecstatic as the mystery behind them is driving her mad. Sadly I don't have a picture.

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TonyS
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2 of 9  Sat 10th May 2014 9:13am  
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Of course, if you could get a photo of them it would be so much easier for us to identify. There were several organisations that issued "ribbons" - the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service being one of them, but they wouldn't have included a woven picture of her. No doubt one of our members will be able to help. Was this only issued in Coventry?
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Babby25
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3 of 9  Sat 10th May 2014 9:24am  
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I'm not sure if they were only issued in Coventry. It looks more of a commemorative item rather than an official military item. I have asked for a pic.
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Harrier
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4 of 9  Sat 10th May 2014 4:42pm  
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I assume they are delicate silk woven (in bright colours or more sombre shades?). Stevens issued several portraits of Alexandra, the give away being that the Rd (registration) number was usually visible on his royal portraits. Very similar portraits were woven by W.H. Grant, probably using the same designer, but with a slightly different background and often no number. The style of the wording 'God Bless' will probably help with dating and manufacturer. Are the two separate or still joined?
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morgana
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5 of 9  Sun 11th May 2014 9:52am  
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Baby25, your small ribbons sound like Stevengraphs. Stevens also was a big silk weaver in Coventry, a local Coventry kid born in Foleshill. If you look on eBay you will see some of his works, just type in Stevengraphs. Also it could be Grant of Coventry who used to work for Stevens, left and set up his own factory but my bet would be Stevengraphs by Stevens. There is a website of all his works with pictures of his works, mostly the ones that were registered and some that wasn't registered. He also made small and large commemorative, a lot on small ribbon type.
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Babby25
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6 of 9  Sun 11th May 2014 5:15pm  
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Here is the picture as promised. Thank you for your knowledge Morgana, it has been really helpful.
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Harrier
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7 of 9  Sun 11th May 2014 5:58pm  
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She is facing the 'wrong' way for Stevens and no rd number, and it is not listed in the literature as far as I know. I would assume it is probably a Grant, therefore. Happy to be corrected.
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morgana
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8 of 9  Sun 11th May 2014 9:23pm  
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There is a small one similarly framed on eBay at present, made by Stevens of Coventry. Heritage, I have a couple of bookmarkers of Stevens of Coventry, on them but not all are registered on the site of Stevens, it shows in pictures and a list of what has been registered and which have not like my Faith bookmarker which I have uploaded a picture of on here that is registered.
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Prof
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9 of 9  Sat 30th Aug 2014 9:02am  
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Probably not many will remember the sale in Coventry on Alexandra Rose Day, with the pin and paper badge for those who contributed to this charity which supported the nursing service of Queen Alexandra's nurses. Edited by member, 30th Aug 2014 9:03 am
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