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    Dramatic Large 1840 William Henry Harrison Campaign Flag The 1840 election saw the emergence of the "political flag," a campaign banner in the style of, but usually slightly varying from, an American flag. This was one of the most popular forms of political banner up through the turn of the century. Listed in Collins' Threads of History as number 134 (page 102). At 28" x 28", it is one of the largest flags of this genre, and a wonderful display item. Not surprisingly, these fragile textiles tended to survive in "battle-weary" condition. This one was found with some small holes (in total affecting well under one percent of the surface area) and some minor soiling. It has since received a $2,000-plus cleaning, restoration, and mounting against a neutral fabric backing by one of the nation's top conservators of historic textiles (a complete condition report comes to the buyer along with the piece). Present display appearance is excellent, with only a few minor smudge-type marks as seen in catalog photo; it would be hard to find a political flag of this era any nicer. A prize early showpiece!

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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