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    Zachary Taylor: One of the Nicest Bandana Designs for the 1848 Whig Presidential Candidate. Like all but one of the listed Taylor bandannas, it has a military theme, featuring him in uniform and surrounded by vignettes of his four most famous Mexican war victories. It is difficult to determine which of the various Taylor bandannas would be best considered Mexican War patriotic items and which were issued for 1848 campaign purposes. We suspect that most fit in both categories, as Taylor's military stature was certainly central to his presidential campaign.

    The present example is brown on cream, while the version in the Smithsonian's collection is maroon and white. It is overall in exceptional condition for the type, with only the slightest hints of very light aging. The central portrait area is remarkably clean and bright. Pictured by Collins in Threads of History as number 210 (p. 128), however this specimen is clearly superior to that plate example. The bandana has been slightly trimmed along the left and right sides, and, for accuracy, we note several inconsequential small tears in the surrounding vignettes and at the right edge. Small hole, less than ¼" in diameter, in the very upper left-hand corner noted for accuracy. One of just a handful known, as the catalog photo shows, this bandanna displays beautifully. 24.25" x 21.25". From the Scott W. Dolson Collection.

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