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(Harrison, William Henry (1773-1841), The Whig Party and the 1840 Election

Auction:
2433
Lot:
31
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$2,015$1,700

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Books & Manuscripts - 2433
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 16, 2008 11:00AM

Description:

(Harrison, William Henry (1773-1841), The Whig Party and the 1840 Election, Campaign Presentation cane owned by Henry Bascom (1796-1850), the hardwood stick with copper ferrule and silver knop, engraved with "Tip & Ty" and etched with a log cabin in a landscape, American flag and eagle, barrel and plow and with Bascom's name, the sides mounted with silver barrel-shaped plaques inscribed "Hard Cider", lg. 33 in. (minor rubbing, varnish loss). Note: Henry Bascom was the Chaplain to Congress during the years 1824-1826. The motifs on this cane represent an attempt to belittle Harrison on his perceived frontier ways. The Whigs were delighted with this characterization of their candidate as a "man of the people" even though was raised on a grand estate in Virginia. The Log Cabin and Hard Cider campaign proved very successful in tying Harrison to the electorate.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Keywords

Henry Bascom, Whig Party, William Henry, Ty, Chaplain, Congress, Harrison, Virginia, Cider, Ferrule, United States presidential election, Vernacular architecture, Walking stick

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