Americana Fall 2002
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Presented is a very scarce and fragile memento of Major General Zachary Taylor, who was President of the United States from March 5, 1849, to July 9, 1850. Taylor was a career soldier who became an effective compromise candidate in the election of 1848. His successful personal blending of Northern and Southern sympathies, combined with an unyielding determination to hold the Union together, by force if necessary, helped to temporarily stabilize the divisive forces of the time. This pewter-encased 3"-diameter shaving mirror is a fabulous artifact of Taylor's life and presidential campaign. A portable accessory that was doubtless very useful to a gentleman as well as being stylish, the mirror's case features the legend "Major General Zachariah Taylor, U.S.A." about its circumference. The reverse displays its magnificently intact original back stand, along with the initials "BC" and the date "1844." (This date must have had significance to the owner, or constituted some type of patent designation, as Taylor wasn't promoted to Major General until 1846.) Normally, a mirror case such as this one from the period would be expected to be dented and dull. In addition, usually when this piece survives at all it is the top section only, which has been removed entirely from the long lost mirror case, let alone the original backstand. An extraordinary, extremely rare and early political artifact, this example is very likely the best one known to exist, and reflects Near Mint condition.
1848 Zachary Taylor Pewter Shaving Mirror
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