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    Henry Clay: Delightful 1844 Campaign Banner. As did many of the campaign textiles for this candidate, this banner emanated from Pennsylvania, and carries not only the name of Clay's vice presidential running mate, but also that of the Whig candidate for governor in that state. The raccoon was the emblem of the Whig party in those days, much like elephants and donkeys represent our contemporary political parties. Several years ago Heritage sold a colorful 1844 banner showing raccoons feasting on poke berries, a play on one the name of Clay's opponent, James K. Polk. Here a coon is shown rolling a giant ball marked "Make way for the coons." The tradition of these large political balls burst onto the national scene in 1840, when Harrison supporters rolled one from town to town, rally to rally, keeping it constantly in motion. Across the top is the ditty" Hurra! Hurra! We think with reason, that this will be a great 'coon' season."

    The banner is made of cotton cloth, which was much more durable than the silk fabric used for other political banners on the day. Accordingly it has survived in very nice condition, with only a few inconsequential small holes and separations. A little light brown staining toward the bottom also detracts minimally. The devices and lettering are somewhat evenly faded, but quite clear. 19.5" x 16", elegantly custom framed to an overall 26" x 23". This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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