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    Beautiful Multi-color 1844 Henry Clay Ribbon Believed to be the first full-color political ribbon design. Below his central portrait is a vignette of Clay as one of his popular political personas, the Farmer of Ashland (Clay's supporters had clearly learned from the success of W. H. Harrison's 1840 campaign, when the aristocratic Harrison was marketed with images of a log cabin and hard cider barrel. Clay's "farm," Ashland, was in fact a lavish estate, and there is little likelihood he ever did any plowing there!). It is surprising that, after the introduction of this lovely design, it would be decades before colorful designs came into wide use, making this variety stand out in its genre. Condition is great, but it has been trimmed at the top and bottom, to a sufficient degree to materially affect fair market value. But a terrific Clay centerpiece none the less. Worth in the mid-two thousands range if complete. Length 6.25".

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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