Printed textile of Declaration of War of 1812
Overall: 30 x 33 in. ( 76.2 x 83.8 cm )
Cotton copper-engraved kerchief memorializing 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; laurel leaf background; printed in turkey red on a white ground; decorative border.
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
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 SIGNING OF THE PRELIMINARIES/ OF PEACE AT GHENT ON THE 11 DECR 1814 WE HAVE TAKEN 56 VESSELS/ HUZZA HUZZA/..."
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