Post-Revolutionary War to Civil War
Extremely Rare Benjamin Franklin Portrait Silk Ribbon
c. 1820 Benjamin Franklin Portrait Silk Ribbon, “Lancaster Beneficial Association W. Wagner sc, York, Pa.” Black print on White Silk, About Fine.
This exceedingly rare early American original printed Silk Ribbon, measures 5” x 1.5” with scalloped decorative outer borders, has a central Portrait of Benjamin Franklin at center engraved by William, Wagner of York, Pa., shown wearing his spectacles and with his hand held under his chin in deep thought, with motto in ribbon above with the text reading, “ECONOMY IS WEALTH.” There is overall wear and soiling from time and age, some fraying in areas near the center affecting some printed portions. The first of this extremely rare Benjamin Franklin portrait silk ribbon we have seen and offered.