Kerchief

Object Number: 
1941.103
Date: 
ca. 1848
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24 3/8 x 31 in. ( 61.9 x 78.7 cm )
Marks: 
printed: below portraits: "GEN. Z. TAYLOR/ Rough and Ready/ PALO ALTO/ LIF. COL. C.A. MAY/ GEN. WOOL/ GEN. SCOTT/ LUNDYS LANE/ GEN. PATTERSON"
Description: 
Copperplate-printed cotton campaign kerchief; center depicts the planting of the flag at Palo Alto, flag with soldier against blue background; paisley border includes portraits of General Zachary Taylor at bottom center, and C.A. May, General Wool, General Scott, and General Patterson in the four corners; printed in sepia, brown, and blue on a white ground.
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief was probably made for the 1848 presidential campaign of Zachary Taylor.
Bibliography: 

Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 126.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group