Campaign kerchief

Object Number: 
1944.146
Date: 
1864
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 3/4 x 26 in. ( 55.2 x 66 cm )
Marks: 
printed: below portrait: "PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN"
Description: 
Cotton copper-engraved campaign kerchief with center portrait of Abraham Lincoln in a laurel leaf garland with a shield; starred background; oak-leaf border with American bald eagle armorials; circular cartouches in the coners with clasped hands and American flags above; sepia, black. and red ink on a white ground.
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief was likely printed in 1864 to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's re-election as President. The central image of Lincoln is after the well-known photographic portrait by Mathew Brady. In each of the four corners, clasped hands and waving flags symbolize Lincoln's promise of a unified nation.
Credit Line: 
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group