Centennial ribbon

Object Number: 
ca. 1876
Silk, paper, metal
Overall: 14 3/8 x 3 in. ( 36.5 x 7.6 cm )
Inscription: paper mount, imprinted in black: image of eagle with inscription: "B.B.TILT & SON,/477 BROOM ST., N. Y./TRADE MARK./Manufactured by the/PHOENIX MANUFACTURING CO./PATERSON, N. J."
Polychrome jaquard-woven silk ribbon depicting portrait of George Washington within oval medallion, surmounted by eagle with American flag; portrait within elaborate blue and pink surround inscribed at top: "THESE UNITED COLONIES ARE,/AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE,/FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES."; names of states are vertically inscribed on stripes beneath portrait, ending with gold stars, from left to right: "NEW HAMPSHIRE/RHODE ISLAND/MASSACHUSETTS/NEW YORK/CONNECTICUT/NEW JERSEY/PENNSYLVANIA/VIRGINIA/DELAWARE/N CAROLINA/S CAROLINA/MARYLAND/GEORGIA"; beneath is stylized scroll with date at either end: "1776/1876" and inscription: "IN COMMEMORATION OF/THE CENTENNIAL OF/AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE"; above lower end, folded to straight point, is stars and stripes shield encircled by laurel and oak wreath; scroll with inscription above: "E PLURIBUS UNUM"; purple silk thread tassel attached at lower end of ribbon. Ribbon attached to paper mount by metal pins; manufacturer's logo imprinted in black above.
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Creative: Tronvig Group