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Ribbon from Society of the Cincinnati badge

Object Number: 
1948.617
Date: 
1785
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall (including mount): 4 1/8 x 5 3/4 in. (10.5 x 14.6 cm)
Marks: 
ink inscription: on mount: "This piece of the original ribbon made in France for the Society of the Cincinnati, was brought from Paris by Benjamin Franklin, and given by him to George Clinton, Governor of New York. It became the property of his grand-dau
Description: 
1 3/4" section of silk ribbon from a Society of the Cincinnati badge; 1" band of blue in center with white edges; supposedly given by Benjamin Franklin to George Clinton, Governor of New York.
Gallery Label: 
According to the inscription on the mount of the object, this ribbon was made in France for the Society of the Cincinnati (from which the insignia of the Society would hang) and presented by Benjamin Franklin to George Clinton (1739-1812), Governor of New York. The ribbon descended in the Clinton family.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. DeWitt C. Jones, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group