Bandanna promoting Grover Cleveland for president and Allen Thurman for vice president, 1888. Cotton. Collins 616.
On a turkey red field: Center, portraits of Cleveland and Thurman in ornate oval frames united by device bearing the legend, THE/ UNION/ FOR/ EVER. Below, scroll inscribed, PUBLIC OFFICE/ A/ PUBLIC TRUST. Below Cleveland, the legend on contiguous banners, FOR PRESIDENT/ GROVER CLEVELAND/ OF/ NEW YORK; below Thurman, the legend on contiguous banners, FOR VICE PRESIENT/ ALLEN G. THURMAN/ OF OHIO. Above, G.A.R. style displayed eagle, crossed cannon and flag badge. Crossed flags in each corner carry the following slogans: "Tariff Reform"; "For Revenue Only"; "No Surplus"; "Low Taxes". Fabric pull in field at lower right and a couple tiny less than 1/8" holes in field at top right and middle left, none of which affect the design.
The red bandannas and kerchiefs that proliferated in 1888 were an homage to the 75-year-old Thurman, who was famous for carrying a red handkerchief in his pocket (a detail not overlooked here), which he flourished during speeches (he also dipped snuff and had to blow his nose a lot). This is one of the more attractive and desirable styles, seldom offered.
Worth noting, another example of this bandanna sold for an astonishing $3,250.00 in a recent Heritage Galleries auction (Sale 6153, Lot 42301). That's right...add a zero to our price!