Presidential Campaign Ribbon: Democratic. President G. Cleveland of New York. Vice President. T.A. Hendricks of Indiana.
Marlborough, Conn. Schweizer and Kartz, No date [c. 1884]. Ephemera no binding. [POLITICAL TEXTILE] [HISTORY]. 6” x 3”; woven multi-colored silk campaign ribbon featuring the portraits of each candidate over an American eagle with shield; bottom weft threads are missing and have frayed 1/8” of the ribbon affecting the listed weaving manufacturer and city; very good minus. Very good. Item #1299
Along with a Grover Cleveland Carte de Visite, No photographer, place or date noted.
6 3/8” x 3 3/16”, image size: 5 3/16” x 3 ½”; tinted cabinet card or carte de visite; title “Grover Cleveland” gilt-stamped on card; rubbing to edges with some color loss, small piece of paper stuck to bottom front in the background; very good minus.
An unusually detailed campaign ribbon or “silk” used during Grover Cleveland’s successful campaign for the Presidency of the United States of America in 1884. He served two non-consecutive terms as President of the United States, while Hendrick’s term as Vice President ended upon his death in 1885, the year he was inaugurated. Woven political campaign ribbons were often pinned to the lapels of rally or convention attendees by metal clasp or button badge. They were widely used in the late 19th and early 20th century and kept as mementos of the event. This example displays unusually fine weaving featuring ¾ portraits of the two candidates, the American eagle holding a banner reading E. Pluribus Unum over a “Union Forever” shield, and the candidates’ names and states of origin. Some of the greenery depicted appears to be olive branches. The cabinet card with Grover Cleveland’s photograph seems to be the type that would be available at conventions. Rickard.