Historic Political Banners

Jan 6, 2005 | Auctions, Collectibles | 0 comments

Heritage – Slater Americana To Auction Historic Political Banners!

“Remarkable cloth banners from Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 re-election campaign and Henry Clay’s unsuccessful 1844 try for the Presidency will be featured in Heritage-Slater Americana’s (HSA) upcoming Signature sale, to be held March 31, 2005 in their Dallas offices.

“I have been in the business for nearly thirty-five years,” declared Tom Slater, Director of HSA “and these are, by far, the finest and most important political banners I have ever handled.”

The Lincoln banner is a bold, black-and -white piece measuring 43″ x 51″, and is expected to bring $45-60,000 at auction due to the popularity of Lincoln and the scarcity of material from the 1864 campaign. “Lincoln holds such a special place in the hearts of collectors that his memorabilia always commands a premium,” Slater notes, “and items from the 1864 re-election campaign are notoriously tougher than those from 1860, when Hannibal Hamlin was his running mate. No doubt wartime austerity contributed to the much lower production of campaign items in 1864.”

“Several small Lincoln banners in American flag format have sold in the $50 -60,000 range in recent years,” Slater reports, “and two larger, colorful banners have brought over $100,000 each in public and private sales. The distinctive bearded portrait of Lincoln, which we have not seen on any other such item, gives this banner a special appeal, not that there are many with which to compare it. Threads of History, Herbert Collins’ definitive reference work on early political textiles, lists not a single 1864 Lincoln banner showing his portrait!””

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