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  TURKEY RED KERCHIEF MADE FOR THE 1912 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT, WHEN HE RAN ON THE INDEPENDENT, PROGRESSIVE PARTY TICKET

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 34" x 35.5"
Flag Size (H x L): 22.5" x 24.5"
Description....:
Printed cotton kerchief, made for the 1912 presidential campaign of Theodore Roosevelt when he ran on the Progressive Party ticket (the Bull Moose Campaign). This graphic textile therefore relates to not only one of the most beloved American figures, but to a rare political incident in which this same man lost the White House, not only for himself, but for his former Republican friends, as well, by splitting the vote.

In this example, a geometric design with diamonds and multiple linear borders, commonly seen in Turkey Red kerchiefs of the period, is accompanied by the following text along the top and bottom:

The Roosevelt Bandanna

Progressive Party

A maker's mark in the lower right corner reads "Cochranes Mfg. Co." A bandanna in this style is documented in "Threads of History", by Herbert Ridgeway Collins, as item 937 on page 372 (Smithsonian Press, 1978). Collins served as curator of political history at the Smithsonian and his landmark text is considered the "Bible" of political flag and textile collecting.

Mounting: The kerchief has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color. The black fabric was washed to reduce excess dye. An acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. The mount was then placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is u.v. protective.

Condition: There are three small holes in the body of the textile. The colors and condition are otherwise excellent.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1912
Latest Date of Origin: 1912
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Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
 

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