Functional Folk Art Department: This beautiful, intricately embroidered seabag has a Bayeux Tapestry–like quality of offering something new to the observer with each viewing. Sailors of old transformed their requisite stitching skills into an outlet for quite impressive creativity. This particular example was the possession and product of a seaman on board the U.S. frigate Congress named J. A. Fort, evidently a wizard with thread and needle; he likely continued to add to his totable masterpiece during long hours at sea. Now in the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command, it was donated by the wife of a collector in 1967.