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    Tilden & Hendricks: Rare 1876 Campaign Bandanna for These Centennial Candidates. Also issued in a companion design for Hayes & Wheeler, this is one of the very few campaign-issue textiles produced for this historically important candidate (Tilden actually won the popular vote in that election, but a "back room" deal to withdraw Federal troops from the South gave the election to Rutherford B. Hayes). Collins lists nine different Hayes textiles in Threads of History, but only three, including this bandanna, for Tilden (and one of those, a "Tilden Democratic Society" banner, may well date from an election or two later than 1876). The Collins plate example resides in the Smithsonian's collection, and not more than several examples appear to be held in the hobby.

    The candidates are pictured along with George Washington, with "Democratic Candidates for 1876" below. We will endeavor to detail condition issues which may make the piece sound worse than it is, so would-be purchasers are encouraged to view it in the entirety via the website photo to gain a realistic sense of how it displays. The bandanna is moderately faded overall, and the white background has typically faded to a beige tone. There are various partial separations around the red border, but no noteworthy fabric loss except at the very bottom, which has been effectively mitigated by mounting against a complementary red background. The central portion is in relatively better shape, with a few small scattered holes, the largest adjacent to the word "Centennial," and none affecting the portraits significantly. Several scattered small brown marks are largely inconsequential, the only serious one being on Tilden's left nostril. Despite this "laundry list" of shortcomings, the bandanna is very presentable for display overall, particularly considering its rarity and importance. 25" x 27", beautifully custom-framed to an overall 28" x 31". This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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