Lot 1865

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An important presidential relic, the first Presidential flag to be used on a limousine carrying a sitting president. Although William Henry Taft (1857-1930) was not the first president to ride in an automobile, he was the first president whose limousine displayed a Presidential flag. Offered here is one of Taft's flags, probably the only example extant. The silk flag measures 13 x 11.75 and has a delicate gold 1.5 in. fringe on three sides. There are also two red, white and blue silk bows attached to the hoist. The Great Seal of the United States appears at center, apparently printed using a silk screen process. The presentation also includes a 1.5 in. campaign button of Taft with his portrait, affixed to an extraordinarily rare 6 3/4 x 2 in. white ribbon with gilt lettering reading 'Presidential Chauffeur' - possible the source of this flag. There are also a pair of 9 x 7.5 in. silver print photographs, both showing Taft in an automobile. The photo on the right side has a sign on the door that reads 'President Escort 1'. The photo on the left shows Taft being helped out of the car which displays a flag on the left front fender very similar in design to this one, if not the very same flag. There is some minor fraying to the left side of the flag, else very good. Very good overall. Nicely matted and set into an antique wood frame.

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June 16, 2023 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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