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   BOLD AND COLORFUL KERCHIEF WITH A ROUND PATRIOTIC SHIELD, MADE FOR THE 1888 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON AND LEVI MORTON


 

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BOLD AND COLORFUL KERCHIEF WITH A ROUND PATRIOTIC SHIELD, MADE FOR THE 1888 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON AND LEVI MORTON:

This is one of the most striking campaign kerchiefs of the late 19th century. Made for the 1888 presidential campaign of Benjamin Harrison and Levi Morton, it features an unusual, round, patriotic shield in the center, flanked by portraits of the candidates in each corner. The word �Protection is printed across the stripes of the shield and the following text surrounds the perimeter:

�For President Benjamin Harrison; For Vice President, Levi P. Morton�

During the late 19th century, foreign competition, the immigration of foreigners and the resulting affect on American jobs was of serious concern to American laborers.

Brief History of Harrison & Cleveland: Benjamin Harrison was Born in Ohio. He studied law in Cincinnati before moving to Indiana, where he set up a very successful practice. During the Civil War he served his new state in command of the 70th Volunteer Infantry. He was brevetted brigadier general before the war�s end and was afterwards very active in the G.A.R and a strong proponent of veteran�s matters. Harrison was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 1880 and served until 1887. He won the presidency in 1888, in an election that focused mostly on the economics of free trade.

Democrat Grover Cleveland adhered to tradition and refused to campaign as the incumbent president; a move that probably cost him the election. 1888 marked the second of three times that Cleveland would run for the nation�s highest office, and the only time that he lost. He was the only man to serve two non-consecutive terms (1884-88 and 1892-96) and was the only president to get married in the White House. A Democrat who appealed to moderate Republicans, Cleveland had first served public office as a local sheriff, then as Mayor of Buffalo, and finally Governor of New York. He was an imposing, five-foot eleven, two-hundred-sixty-pound man who was thought of as a �regular Joe�.

By stark contrast, Harrison, was just five feet, six inches tall. Democrats called him "Little Ben", yet Republican supporters maintained that he was big enough to wear the hat of his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States and Hero of Tippecanoe.

Mounting: The kerchief was stitched to a background of 100% hemp fabric. The front is u.v. protective Plexiglas.

Condition: Moderate fading.
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Dealer  

Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1888
Origin: American
Condition: see description
Measurements: flag: 22.75" x 23.75", frame: 33.5" x 35.25"
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Web-site: http://www.jeffbridgman.com
Price: SOLD
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