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Lot 285: 1824 Lafayette Silk Ribbon, The Companion of Washington, the Nation's Guest
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Post-Revolutionary War to Civil War
Beautiful 1824 "LA FAYETTE" Tour White Silk Ribbon
1824 Lafayette Commemorative Silk Ribbon, "The Companion of Washington, the Nation's Guest." black print on White Silk, Choice Near Mint.
This is an original c. 1824 Military bust in elaborate sunburst, sold by H. Korn, Philadelphia, measuring the full size of 7" x 1.5". A simply terrific and historic item, commemorating Lafayette's triumphant return to America! According to the reference book "Threads of History": "Lafayette revisited the U.S. from July 1, 1824 to September 1825. He was presented with a specially built carriage upon his arrival, and entertained at receptions and balls during his entire visit. In gratitude for his aid during the Revolution, Congress voted him the sum of $200,000 and a township of land. He was overwhelmed by the reception. One of the highlights of his trip was his visit to Mount Vernon and the grave of his war companion and commander, George Washington, who had been then dead for a quarter of a century. Ten years after his visit, on May 20, 1834, Lafayette died in Paris."