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  WOOL HOOKED RUG WITH A CANTED, SPREAD-WINGED, FEDERAL EAGLE, ON A MODELED GROUND WITH TWO STARS, A PRAIRIE POINT BORDER, AND A CHENILLE FRINGE, circa 1835 -1865

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L):
Flag Size (H x L): 71.5" long (check back for complete measurements)
Description....:
Wool hooked rug with a canted, spread-winged, Federal eagle. Likely made in the patriotism of the Mexican War (1846-48), note how the head faces the clutch of arrows in its proper right talon. While not always meaningful, I have a suspicion that it is purposeful in this instance. Set upon an ivory white ground, the central image is surrounded by a modeled field of cornflower blue, brown, ivory, and red, with a navy blue star in the upper left, and cornflower blue star with a circular, navy center in the lower right. There is a prairie point border, primarily of browns, tans, and reds, with a fantastic, early, chenille fringe.

Though this could be of Civil War origin—as at least one other example is known with a similar eagle and a count of 34 stars (1861-1863)—the fabrics and fringe suggest an earlier date.

A fantastic example among patriotic textiles of mid-19th century America.

Condition: Minor to moderate loss of fringe, varying around the perimeter. A few areas of modest repair.
Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
Flag Type:
Star Count: Other
Earliest Date of Origin: 1845
Latest Date of Origin: 1865
State/Affiliation:
War Association: 1777-1860 Pre-Civil War
Price: SOLD
 

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