Kerchief

Object Number: 
1941.114
Date: 
1889
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 1/4 x 25 in. ( 59.1 x 63.5 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on banners (x4): "IN GOD WE TRUST/ WASHINGTON PATRIAE/ PATER
Description: 
Copperplate-printed cotton kerchief with medallion profile-portrait of George Washington; surrounded by four shields with 42 stars (Washington was the 42nd state), garlanded with rhododendron leaves (the state flower) and banners; printed in red and black on a white ground.
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief was made to celebrate the centennial of Washington's 1789 inauguration and the admittance, on November 11, 1889, of Washington as the 42nd state. The portrait of Washington is derived from a medal by Pierre Simon Benjamin Duviviar, which was commissioned by Congress and given to Washington in honor of the evacuation of the British troops from Boston.
Bibliography: 

Weiss, Hillary. The American Bandanna: Culture on Cloth from George Washington to Elvis. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1990.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group