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Kerchief

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Kerchief
Title
Kerchief
Date 
1776-1777
Medium 
Linen
Dimensions 
Overall: 30 x 30 in. ( 76.2 x 76.2 cm )
Description 
Cotton block-printed kerchief with a portrait of George Washington on horseback in center medallion, surrounded by an inscription and flags and cannons; floral border; red ink on a white ground.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number 
1952.63
Marks 
printed: around medallion: "GEORGE WASHINGTON, ESQ. FOUNDATOR AND PROTECTOR OF AMERICA'S LIBERTY AND JNDEPENDENCY"
Gallery Label 
Likely printed by Philadelphia calico printer John Hewson, this kerchief was long believed to have been made at the personal request of Martha Washington in 1775. The reference to "America's Independency" indicates that the kerchief may have been printed shortly following the Declaration of Independence, while the absence of the official Stars and Stripes flag suggests a date before July, 1777. The kerchief has been described as an early attempt by George Washington at "image" management.
Bibliography 
Ramirez, Jan Seidler. "A History of the New-York Historical Society." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 138-145.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group