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29 October 2016, 09:00 PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Lot 286: Scarce Horizontal Design 1824 LA FAYETTE Tour Silk Ribbon(37 views)
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Post-Revolutionary War to Civil War
Scarce Horizontal Design 1824 Lafayette Tour Silk Ribbon
(1824) Commemorative Silk Ribbon, "La Fayette the Friend of Freedom," Black imprint upon White Silk, full size measuring 6.25" x 1.5", Choice Near Mint.
This is an original Silk Ribbon having Lafayette's Military Bust facing left, within a multi-ray decorative starburst, legend within reading, "LA FAYETTE - The Friend of Freedom, The Country's Boast". "Sold by H. Korn, 82 N. 2nd St." This ribbon is boldly printed, being well centered and having excellent eye appeal for display with just a slight natural wrinkling at left. 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."