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Object Name Ribbon, Political
Date 1861
Title A. Lincoln, President.
Description Political commemorative ribbon with portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Cream silk ribbon with red scalloped and ruffled band along top edge and red, white and blue ruffled bands along bottom edge; black and white embroidered portrait of Abraham Lincoln (without beard) in center, surrounded by an oval wreath of green flowers; flowers each have a small gold metal bead sewn in the center; above portrait is an eagle with spread wings above a red, white and blue shield, with banner: "UNION FOR EVER"; inscriptions around and below oval: "S. Chevre / 1861 / Isaac Dreyfus / Sons. Basle. / A. Lincoln. / President."; small purple, white and blue pompons attached by strings to top edge; possibly a celebratory ribbon for Lincoln's election.
(Keywords: Political Campaign, United States, Election, Civil War)
Acquisition Gift of Frances Smith Van Horn
Ownership and History There were four candidates in the United States presidential election of 1860: Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, John Breckinridge, and John Bell. Lincoln won a decisive electoral victory, with almost 40 percent of the popular vote.

The majority of votes in Richmond County (Staten Island) did not go to Abraham Lincoln. The county favored John Breckinridge in 1860 and George McClellan in 1864.

The firm of Isaac Dreyfus Sons, makers of this ribbon, were part of Switzerland's silk ribbon industry, which was very successful through the mid-19th century but struggled in the 1860s due to changing trends and the economic effects of the American Civil War. The company later became better known as a prominent Swiss bank, Dreyfus Söhne & Cie.
Earliest Date 1861
Latest Date 1861
Subjects Political campaigns
Presidential elections
Civil wars
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Symbol
Catalog Number S01.0008
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2013.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.