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    Zachary Taylor: Rare Portrait Bandanna. It would be a mistake to assume because we have two different Taylor bandannas in this catalog that they are a readily available commodity. These two constitute fully half of the examples we have handled over nearly forty years. Collins pictures of ten different designs for Taylor in Threads of History, yet it is doubtful that more than half a dozen examples exist of any of these varieties. The one offered here is listed as number 210 on page 128, the illustrated bandanna being from the Smithsonian's collection. Like all but one of the listed Taylor bandannas, it has a military theme, returning 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 in 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. In any case, Taylor bandannas are highly prized by political collectors as there is otherwise a dearth of collectable textiles; Collins was unable to list a single banner or flag which was indisputably of campaign origin.

    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. The bandanna 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. As the catalog photo shows, this bandanna displays beautifully. 24.25" x 21.25".

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