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    Henry Clay: Awesome Silk Campaign Handkerchief. Silk bandannas and handkerchiefs were quite popular in the 1840s but, given their delicate nature, it is amazing any of them have survived. We are fortunate to offer this 28" x 25" campaign textile for Henry Clay, featured in "Threads" as #190. The portrait was based on John Neagle's 1842 standing portrait. Clay's bust appears in a porthole (in the tradition of the celebrated "porthole" portraits of Washington), surrounded by a garland of oak leaves. The portrait takes up a goodly portion of the piece. The design elements are printed in blue and brown. The border is decorated with oak leaves and acorns. The only flaw we detect is a small fabric patch used to repair one of the oak leaves on the bottom border, mentioned for accuracy only. We can state without fear of contradiction that it is in great shape. Given the color scheme, boldness of portrait, rarity, condition and graphics, we suspect this item will generate quite a bit of interest, and rightly so.

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