George Washington Commemorative Ribbons
ca.1847; ca.1847; 1932
Overall (Stevens ribbon): 9 x 2 1/2 in. (22.9 x 6.4 cm) Overall (Phoenix ribbon): 6 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (17.1 x 5.7 cm) Ov
White silk ribbon woven with black, blue and green text and images; central bust image of George Washington topped with laurel branches, eagle and stars; woven around edge "THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY." Image of crossed flags, canon and sword rested at top of tomb or plaque with fluting and curving acanthus scrolls; woven with "GENERAL/ GEORGE WASHINGTON/ 'THE FIRST IN PEACE,/ THE FIRST IN WAR,/ THE FIRST IN THE HEARTS OF HIS COUNTRYMEN.'" Printed "T. STEVENS/ COVENTRY" at bottom, originally folded into point at back.; White silk ribbon woven with black, blue, red and yellow text and images; eagle with American flag at top over central image of George Washington; woven above with "THESE UNITED COLONIES ARE,/ AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE,/ FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES." Woven in alternating vertical stripes of blue and red at bottom "NEW HAMPSHIRE/ RHODE ISLAND/ MASSACHUSETTS/ NEW YORK/ CONNECTICUT/ NEW JERSEY/ PENNSYLVANIA/ VIRGINIA/ DELAWARE/ N. CAROLINA/ S. CAROLINA/ MARYLAND/ GEORGIA"; line of yellow stars and blue silk tassle at bottom.; White silk ribbon with red and blue woven text and images; central image of George Washington; woven with "WASHINGTON/ BICENTENNIAL/ BOOK MARK/ 1732-1932/ Compliments/ of/ THE/ Rob.t Morris/ HOTEL/ PHILADELPHIA/ NAMED AFTER THE NOTED/ REVOLUTIONARY FINANCIER/ WHOSE SIGNATURE IS/ REPRODUCED."
The first and second ribbons are known as "Stevengraphs," characterized by their brightly woven motifs and text. This style of souvenir ribbon or bookmark was named after Thomas Stevens of Coventry, England, who established his own ribbon manufactory in 1854. Both probably commemorate the Washington Memorial project, which was largely completed by 1884. The third ribbon commemorates the two-hundred year anniversary of George Washington's birth in 1932.
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