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Centennial ribbon

Object Number: 
INV.3159
Date: 
1876
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 14 x 2 1/16 in. ( 35.6 x 5.2 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: reverse of ribbon, across top edge, woven in black: "B.B. TILT & SON, N.Y. & PATERSON, N.J." Inscription: reverse of ribbon, lower edge, woven in black: image of eagle with inscription: "TRADE MARK"
Description: 
Polychrome jaquard-woven silk ribbon (bookmark) depicting portrait of George Washington within oval medallion, surmounted by eagle with American flag; portrait within elaborate blue and pink surround inscribed at top: "THESE UNITED COLONIES ARE,/AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE,/FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES."; names of states are vertically inscribed on stripes beneath portrait, ending with gold stars, from left to right: "NEW HAMPSHIRE/RHODE ISLAND/MASSACHUSETTS/NEW YORK/CONNECTICUT/NEW JERSEY/PENNSYLVANIA/VIRGINIA/DELAWARE/N CAROLINA/S CAROLINA/MARYLAND/GEORGIA"; beneath is stylized scroll with date at either end: "1776/1876" and inscription: "IN COMMEMORATION OF/THE CENTENNIAL OF/AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE"; above lower end, folded to straight point, is stars and stripes shield encircled by laurel and oak wreath; scroll with inscription above: "E PLURIBUS UNUM"; purple silk thread tassel attached at lower end of ribbon.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group