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Printed Textile of Declaration of War of 1812

Object Number: 
1943.442
Date: 
ca. 1815
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 x 33 in. ( 76.2 x 83.8 cm )
Marks: 
printed: all over: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA/ HUZZA FOR THE NAVY/ RODGERS/ PERRY/ HULL/ BRILLIANT NAVAL VICTORY on LAKE ERIE/ SEPR 15 1814/ WAR DECLARED/ AGAINST GREAT BRITIAN JUNE 12 1812/ FIRST NAVAL VICTORY AUGT 19 1812/ SINCE WHICH PERIOD UNTIL, THE S
Description: 
Copperplate-printed cotton kerchief memoralizing the victories of the War of 1812; central vignettes of the Battle of Lake Erie and Champlain surrounded by six vignettes of other naval battles, the signing of the peace at Ghent, portraits of MacDonough and Perry, and two American bald eagle armorials; laural leaf background; printed in turkey red on a white ground; decorative border.
Bibliography: 

Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979.

Montgomery, Florence M. Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850. New York: Viking, 1970.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Eugene H. Pool
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group