Embroidered sailor’s sea bag


This embroidered sailor’s sea bag, created about 1840, features naval scenes and other War of 1812-era images. Throughout the nineteenth century, sea battles inspired many forms of artistic expression, and the resulting creations often represented national pride. This sea bag has an interesting history of its own, including a 2001 appearance on the popular television program Antiques Roadshow. (© Mystic Seaport Collection, Mystic, CT, #2000.178)