Cruiser OLYMPIA Sail Plan with Letterhead Throw Pillow

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A strategically placed accent can bring the whole room to life, and this pillow is just what you need to do that. What's more, the soft, machine-washable case with the shape-retaining insert is a joy to have long afternoon naps on.

Source: Engraving by Union Iron Works, for the invitation to the launching of OLYMPIA, November, 1892, San Francisco, California; Rendering based of a period letterhead of Cruiser OLYMPIA stationary, c.1890s.

• 100% polyester case and insert
• Hidden zipper
• Machine-washable case
• Shape-retaining polyester insert included (handwash only)

Like many other vessels built at the end of the 19th Century, Cruiser OLYMPIA was designed to carry sails. Though it is often believed that the rig was a form of auxiliary propulsion, the rig in reality was designed as a means of steadying the vessel in rough weather. Later vessels relied on deeper hulls and bilge keels for stability.

During Cruiser OLYMPIA's service life, her officers were supplied with stationary for writing correspondence. In the 1890s, the stationary featured embossed letterheads. The elaborately decorated letterheads were designed to reflect OLYMPIA's prestige as a capital ship of the U.S Navy.

Original image: Gift courtesy of Ronald Burke; Gift courtesy of Max Kaiserman