Object StatementScarf (charlottenburger), German carpenter's guild, cotton, Hagama, Germany, 1945
Physical DescriptionScarf, (charlottenburger), German carpenter's guild, cotton, Hagama, Germany, 1945.
Large white cotton scarf printed with red and black illustrations and text, featuring a red border with guild insignia at each corner. Insignia of German bricklayers are in the top corners and carpenters' insignia at the bottom. Next to each of these is a drawing of a carpenter or bricklayer in work attire and formal wear. The latter in both cases feature elaborate suits with flared trousers, walking sticks and hats. Both bricklayers and carpenters in the illustration have earrings. Illustrations of various European cities and towns in which these guilds operated fill the spaces between the figures.
The remainder of the scarf is filled with German text. The most prominent is 'Hagama 1857' at the centre. This refers to the manufacturer of the costumes and scarf and its establishment date. Around this is a series of promotional statements (see marks field for translation). Throughout this text are curving lines of prose which read counter clockwise from top left (see marks for translation).
MarksAll text, printed in black in German, translation follows: Manufacturer of costumes and scarf and its date of establishment, in centre of text on scarf, 'Hagama 1857', surrounding text, a series of promotional statements, from the top, 'When buying take notice of this brand/ Hundred year tradition and Experience/ guaranteed first class quality. Best workmanship/ and faultless fit/ Hagama 1857/ Strong fibre, will not tear, excellent wearing, specially woven/ corduroy [Manchester] Clothing/ from hannover cloth. Guaranteed [Manchester] corduroy/ for Carpenters, Bricklayers, Rooftilers and Masons/distributors."
Throughout this text are curving lines of prose, counter clockwise from top left, 'Wake up tradesman/ Round is the world therefore let us travel/ Wandering is the Miller's joy/ Brother can't you see the sun/ We sat on Monday happy and content/ As I one Saturday from this hostel came/ Wandering wandering we must go/ of all the girls so fine and beautiful for me is only Love.'