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Kerchief

Object Number: 
1953.191
Date: 
1876
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 1/2 x 28 in. ( 59.7 x 71.1 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in center: "THE ART GALLERY/ INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1876./ MAIN BUILDING/ HORTICULTURAL BUILDING." printed: on border: "Washington/ Grant/ 1776/ 1876/ PHILADELPHIA/ IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE/ ACT O
Description: 
Copperplate-printed cotton souvenir kerchief from the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA; central oval medallion is an image of the Main Building overlapped by two smaller oval medallions with images of the Art Gallery and the Horticultural Building; Greek key border with portraits of George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant garlanded in the upper corners; garlanded seals commemorating the birth of the nation and congresses act to hold the exhibition; printed in black on a white ground.
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief was bought by Ella Carmichael Riker in Philadelphia, who was married to Mr. Alpheus Pierson Riker, Jr.
Bibliography: 

Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 203.

Weiss, Hillary. The American Bandanna: Culture on Cloth from George Washington to Elvis. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1990.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Madeleine Riker
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group