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    William Henry Harrison: Important and Highly Distinctive Unlisted 1840 Silk Flag Banner. Collins pictures three Harrison portrait flags, all of which, like the adjacent example, feature the same central portrait and wording. The present example is quite different: Harrison's bust is much larger and in brighter colors. It is enclosed in a rectangle rather than a circle, and in the background is a drapery similar to that seen on familiar single-portrait Currier political prints. The legend, rather than encircling the portrait, is below Harrison's name, punctuated by an unusual small military vignette with a flag (note: what may come across in the catalog photo as a stain mark is actually the dense leaves on the trees). While this is of course a matter of taste, we find this unlisted design to be much stronger and more appealing than the more familiar style of Harrison portrait flags.

    Condition is quite nice. Of course, the red dye has faded as is almost always the case with these, but the flag is complete, with original borders on all four sides, and has no significant damage. There are several small partial separations, the only one of any note running across the top of Harrison's head. Two small areas of fabric loss at the beginning of the word "Tippecanoe" are inconsequential. Overall distinctly above average condition for a silk flag of this era. 23.5" x 26", expensively custom-framed to an overall 33" x 37". This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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