The American Civil War Museum, houses several originals of this handkerchief. This particular one is 100% silk in a dyed purple color. The handkerchiefs were manufactured in England by the W.H. Tucker Kayess Company in London and sold in Englad and the Confederacy as souvenirs of the war. The museum houses these handkerchiefs in purple, red, white, blue, and yellow silk. The originals, except one, were all purchased in the south during the war and kept as souvenirs. One of these handkerchiefs was captured in Wilmington, NC, by Adolphus B. Withenbury of the 177th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
The handkerchief features black printed portraits of prominent Southern leaders, including: Jefferson Davis, Joseph E. Johnston, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, James Mason, Robert E. Lee, Raphael Semmes, PGT Beauregard, John Slidell, and John Hunt Morgan. The wreath and floral design was copyrighted by the Kayess company at that time and researchers believe it was done so the portraits of the southern leaders could be replaced as their popularity rose or ebbed.
Our reproduction is 100% silk, 36 x 34 inches.