Announcing our first solo exhibit at a major museum and the first ever large scale exhibition of antique 13 star flags in American history. This will take place at the Museum of the American Revolution, opening on Flag Day, June 14th, and running through Independence Day, ending July 14th.
Displayed will be 40 examples with no less than 32 different arrangements of 13 stars, represented on flags made over a period from approximately the year 1800 (possibly prior) through the turn-of-the-20th century.
"I am thrilled that these flags will be seen by visitors from around the world at the Museum of the American Revolution this summer," said Jeff Bridgman, the leading dealer of antique American flags and political textiles and a leading authority, who is loaning the flags to the Museum. "I truly believe that there is no substitute for the experience of standing in the presence of these remarkable pieces of America's past. Their impressive scale and texture are extraordinary, and it will be simply incredible to view them all together in one room."
Among the highlights are a number of the earliest known 13-star flags in America, including one which arranges 13 stars to form a large star.
Also displayed will be a large flag (5ft. 9in. by 12ft. 4in.) ca. 1830s-1850s, found in Gloucester, Mass., which features 13 stars in a configuration possibly arranged to crudely form the letters "U" and "S."
The exhibit also features three flags that include eagles as well as stars, one of which was made by venerable flag-maker Sarah McFadden, who is sometimes dubbed "the Betsy Ross of New York."
If you have never been to the Museum of the American Revolution, be sure not to miss this stunning institution. Brand new in 2017, the museum absorbed the collection of Valley Forge, sought and acquired other extraordinary material, and now holds such not-to-be-missed objects as George Washington's field headquarters tent and two stellar, Revolutionary War battle flags. Exceptional in both its conception and execution, this is the ideal example of what a first class museum can be in the 21st century, designed by Stern Architects of NY, expertly appointed, staffed by the most passionate experts, and capable of delighting audiences both young and old.
The exhibit will be on view in the Museum's first-floor Patriots Gallery from June 14 – July 14, 2019 and will be included with regular Museum admission. Tickets to the Museum can be purchased by calling 215.253.6731 or at www.amrevmuseum.org.
Rare Aspen, a newly created event that features carefully selected high end antiques, art, and jewely, is a reinvention of the former Aspen Antique Show, where I have exhibited for many years.
The fair will open on Wednesday, July 10th and close on Sunday, July 14th. Hours are to be announced.
The show is to be held at the Aspen Ice Garden, located at 233 West Hyman Ave. For those unfamiliar with the layout of the town, know that the Ice Garden is just four blocks from the fountain at the town's center, and three blocks from Wagner Park (a.k.a. the rugby field). So it could scarcely be more convenient.
For those who have never experienced Aspen in July, know that is an extraordinary time to visit this beautiful Rocky Mountain paradise. Many say that it is as great in the summer as it is in the winter, and I concur. There are many special events surrounding July 4th, just beforehand, so be sure to visit the Aspen Chamber of Commerce website for details.
The 42nd addition of the August Antiques Show, now simply called the nantucket Summer Antique Show, changed gears and locations a couple of years back. This year I am thrilled to announce that the show will return to its original dates, in the first week of August, and is reconnecting with the Nantucket Historical Association, which will once again hold its much-anticipated Preview Party on the opening night of Thursday, August 1st.
Regular show hours are Friday through and including Monday, as follows:
Friday, Aug. 2nd: 12 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, Aug. 3rd: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, Aug. 4th: 10 AM - 5 PM
Monday, Aug 5th: 10 AM - 3 PM
I will bring a wide variety of merchandise. If you wish to see anything specific that you see on my website, or perhaps a group of things in any particular age, size, or price category, be sure to contact me beforehand, so I can pack things aboard and bring them along.
Call me at (717) 676-0545 if you wish to receive comp tickets.
Location: The Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, 61 Sparks Ave., Nantucket, MA
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