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"This patriotic kerchief sent me back $400—I couldn't resist. Did I overspend?" - B.B., Lehi, Utah
1892 Presidential Campaign Bandanna
Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.
WHAT IS IT?
Starting in the 1840s, presidential hopefuls inspired a variety of bandannas bearing the candidates' portraits and, sometimes, catchy slogans. Voters showed their support by hanging the fabric squares on walls and wearing them as headbands or scarves. Such textiles were as ubiquitous then as campaign bumper stickers are now. This find depicts Grover Cleveland and Adlai E. Stevenson, the duo who won office in 1892, when this kerchief would've cost about 75 cents. Political-souvenir bandannas fell out of favor in the mid-1900s — Dwight D. Eisenhower was the last candidate featured on them. Today, though, collectors prize these relics — especially examples like this that are still in great shape.
What's It Worth: $1,200
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