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7 STARS WITH WHIMSICAL PROFILES ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG, MADE TO REFLECT THE INITIAL WAVE OF 7 STATES SECEDED FROM THE UNION, A CIVIL WAR PERIOD EXAMPLE, THE LARGEST OF SEVERAL KNOWN VARIETIES, MADE circa 1861



UNUSUAL AND GRAPHIC, RED BANDANNA-STYLE PARADE FLAG FROM TEDDY ROOSEVELT'S 1912 “BULL MOOSE CAMPAIGN”



ANTIQUE AMERICAN PRIVATE YACHT FLAG / ENSIGN, WITH 13 STARS & A CANTED ANCHOR, MADE BY WM. H. HORSTMANN CO., PHILADELPHIA, circa 1893 – 1920’s



PRIVATE YACHT CLUB COMMODORE'S FLAG, MADE BY HORSTMANN IN PHILADELPHIA, circa 1927-1940's



UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY PENNANT WITH "BILL THE GOAT" MASCOT AND WHIMSICAL LETTERING, circa 1930-1950’s



EXCEPTIONAL RED CROSS BANNER WITH WHIMSICAL LETTERING AND A TERRIFIC SLOGAN, WWI (U.S. INVOLVEMENT 1917-18), ONE OF APPROXIMATELY THREE EXAMPLES PRESENTLY IDENTIFIED



UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS PENNANT, circa 1914-1920’s



3 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS – 3 WARS: A FUN, INTERESTING, AND RARE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN POSTER FROM EITHER THE 1952 OR 1956 CAMPAIGNS OF EISENHOWER vs. ADALAI STEVENSON, OR PERHAPS THE 1960 CAMPAIGN OF NIXON vs. KENNEDY



CIVIL WAR PERIOD ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH 35 STARS IN A “GREAT STAR” OR “GREAT LUMINARY” PATTERN, A VERY RARE VARIETY WITH AN OPEN, LONE STAR PROFILE, LACKING STARS INSIDE OR BEYOND THE ARRANGEMENT; MADE circa 1863-65, REFLECTS THE ADMISSION OF WEST VIRGINIA TO THE UNION AS A FREE STATE, ANNEXED FROM VIRGINIA JUST 10 DAYS BEFORE THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG; PROBABLY WAR-CARRIED



38 STAR AMERICAN FLAG RIBBON WITH JUSTIFIED ROWS OF CANTED STARS AND AN ATTRACTIVE, ELONGATED PROFILE, COLORADO STATEHOOD, 1876-1889

Antique Furniture


SUBSTANTIAL CANNON-LEG TABLE [ALTER] FROM THE GREGG POST OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC (G.A.R.) IN BELLFONTE, PENNSYLVANIA, MADE BY CHARLES J. NAYLOR OF PHILDELPHIA, ACTIVE 1870-1913



PAINTED, CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA BLANKET CHEST IN SALMON AND BLACK WITH FLORAL DECORATION, 3 DRAWERS, AND APPLIED, SPLAY FEET, circa 1815-1825



NEW ENGLAND BLANKET CHEST, PROBABLY OF MAINE ORIGIN, WITH SCALLOPED FEET AND SKIRT, PAINTED IN A TRANSLUCENT, OCHRE WHITE, WITH WONDERFUL, EARLY SURFACE, circa 1790-1820



NARROW PROFILE TALL CASE CLOCK, WITH WORKS ATTRIBUTED TO CINCINNATI CLOCK-MAKER LUMMAN WATSON, BEAUTIFULLY COMB-DECORATED IN RED OVER BLACK, WITH AN EXTREMELY UNUSUAL BASE THAT FEATURES A WHIMSICALLY INVERTED TAPER, POSSIBLY OF KENTUCKY OR TENNESSEE ORIGIN, circa 1810-1834



PENNSYLVANIA HANGING PIE SAFE, IN FIRST SURFACE GREEN PAINT, WITH CIRCULAR MEDALLION AND OPPOSING FAN DECORATION, CIRCA 1850-1880



EXHUBERANTLY PAINTED, NEW ENGLAND TALL CASE CLOCK IN DARK UMBER, RED, & CHROME YELLOW DECORATION, WITH WOODEN WORKS BY RILEY WHITING, PLYMOUTH, CONNECTICUT, CA 1819-1835



ANTIQUE TWO-DOOR PAINTED QUEBEC CUPBOARD / SERVER IN ROBIN’S EGG BLUE WITH RED TRIM, 1810-30



UNUSUAL FORM PIE SAFE WITH LANTERN-STYLE TINS AND STRIKING, TOMATO RED PAINT, CIRCA 1840



QUEEN ANNE PERIOD BLANKET CHEST, CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY, PROBABLY MASSACHUSETTS, WITH BLACK DECORATION ON A RED GROUND, THAT INCLUDES TWO WHIMSICAL FACES, ca 1740-1760



MAHANTNGO VALLEY PENNSYLVANIA BLANKET CHEST WITH UNICORNS

Folk Art


AMERICAN, PRE-CIVIL WAR, CAST IRON MEDALLION / PLAQUE WITH A FEDERAL EAGLE SUPERIMPOSED ON A SUNBURST, DATED 1857



RIFLE STYLE PARADE TORCH, AN EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLE, circa 1860-1880's



PILOT HOUSE / TRADE EAGLE ON A HALF-GLOBE PERCH, HAND-MADE OF MOLDED COPPER, LIKELY ON AN IRON FRAMEWORK, circa 1860-1890



LARGE HOOKED RUG WITH A SEATED CAT AS THE HOME SQUARE OF A DESIGN STYLED AFTER A PARCHEESI GAME BOARD, WITH STAR-LIKE, 6-PETAL FLOWERS IN EACH CORNER; WOOL & COTTON ON BURLAP, PROBABLY PENNSYLVANIA, MENNONITE, circa 1880-1910



“EQUESTRIAN WASHINGTON,” OIL ON CANVAS PAINTING OF GEORGE WASHINGTON ON BLUESKIN, AFTER REMBRANDT PEALE, circa 1830-1850 (POSSIBLY PRIOR)



EXCEPTIONAL, PAINT-DECORATED ODD FELLOWS HEART-IN-HAND STAFF, WITH GREAT FOLKQUALITIES, circa 1875



7-COLOR, CARRIAGE-PAINTED, AMERICAN PARCHEESI GAMEBOARD WITH A SPANISH BROWN / TOMATO RED GROUND AND FANCIFUL SCROLLWORK MEDALLIONS, circa 1875



PAINT-DECORATED "SNOWFLAKE" PARCHEESI GAMEBOARD IN CHEDDAR YELLOW & RED, circa 1885



CARRIAGE-PAINTED CHECKERBOARD OF EXTRAORDINARY LENGTH, HIGHLY UNUSUAL AND WITH EXTRAORDINARY PAINT SURFACE, SINGLE PLANK CONSTRUCTION WITH BREADBOARDED ENDS, USED TO CUT FABRIC ON THE REVERSE, circa 1860-1880



FOLK PAINTING, IN OIL ON WOODEN PANEL, OF THE PADDLEWHEEL STEAMER "GREY EAGLE" BEFORE THE TOWNSCAPE OF ALTON, ILLINOIS, AT THE CONVERGENCE OF THE ILLINOIS & MISSISSIPPI RIVERS, circa 1865-1888

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ICONIC, MASSACHUSETTS WOMENS SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION (MWSA) "BLUE BIRD", COMMISSIONED BY TWO OF ITS MEMBERS; MADE FOR THE EASTERN CAMPAIGN IN 1915



“THE OWL GAMEBOARD NO. 1”, A COMBINATION OF 100 GAMES, PATENTED IN 1901 BY CABINET-MAKER EDWARD MIKKELSON, CHICAGO



WOOL HOOKED RUG WITH TWO BLACK HORSES, APPLES, & WONDERFUL FOLK QUALITIES, AMERICAN, circa 1865-1880



OVER-SIZED, PAINT-DECORATED BASEBALL BAT, PRESENTED TO "J. WHIPPLE" OF THE "ERIE BASEBALL CLUB," CA 1858-1870's



BLUE, PAINT-DECORATED BLANKET CHEST WITH BEAUTIFULLY STYLIZED DECORATION, circa 1820-1840



AMERICAN PARCHEESI BOARD IN SALMON & BLACK PAINT, WITH DUTCH STYLE PINWHEEL DECORATION, EXCEPTIONAL SURFACE, GREAT GRAPHICS, AND IMPRESSIVE SCALE, circa 1830-1850



ESPECIALLY LARGE EARLY AMERICAN MILITARY HAT PLATE, MADE OF PRESSED COPPER, WITH AN EAGLE PERCHED ON A FEDERAL SHIELD, FLANKED BY CORNUCOPIA, AND THE MOTTO “NE PLUS ULTRA” (THE ZENITH OR HIGH WATER MARK); PRESSED BRASS WITH PAINTED SURFACE, circa 1825-1850 OR POSSIBLY PRIOR



LATE 19TH CENTURY PILOT HOUSE EAGLE, FOUND IN WISCONSIN, FINISHED BY THE CARVER BUT NEVER SOLD, ca 1880



6 GALLON STONEWARE CROCK WITH BLUE SLIP GAME BIRD DECORATION, MADE IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK BY JOHN BURGER, circa 1854-1867



HAND-PAINTED BANNER WITH FLORIATED SCROLLWORK SURROUNDING A WHIMSICALLY PAINTED FEDERAL EAGLE, WITH 46 STYLIZED STARS ABOVE AND 34 STARS ON ITS 21-STRIPE SHIELDED BREAST, circa 1907-1912

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ONE OF THE TWO EARLIEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE FLAG OF THE REVENUE MARINE (a.k.a., REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE), WITH A HAND-PAINTED EAGLE, AN ARCH OF 13 BLUE-PAINTED STARS, HAVING GREAT FOLK QUALITIES, AND 13 VERTICAL STRIPES, LATE 1830’s-1860



SUFFRAGE "BLUE BIRD": ENAMELED TIN SIGN, COMMISSIONED BY GERTRUDE LEONARD & TERESA CROWLEY FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION, FOR ITS EASTERN CAMPAIGN, 1915



CONFEDERATE 1ST NATIONAL PATTERN FLAG (A.K.A., "STARS & BARS"), A HOMEMADE, SILK EXAMPLE WITH 7 HAND-EMBROIDERED STARS, LIKELY MADE POST WAR, circa 1870-1880’s, TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST WAVE OF SECESSION



"A NATION'S LOSS": SILK, 1865, ABRAHAM LINCOLN MOURNING RIBBON IN AN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE PORTRAIT DESIGN



38 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH A NOTCHED CONFIGURATION, MADE BY THE U.S. BUNTING COMPANY IN LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS, REFLECTS THE ERA OF COLORADO STATEHOOD, circa 1876-1889



49 STAR AMERICAN FLAG IN A SMALL SCALE AMONG ITS COUNTERPARTS WITH PIECED AND SEWN CONSTRUCTION, REFLECTS THE ADDITION OF ALASKA IN 1959, OFFICIAL FOR JUST ONE YEAR; EXHIBITED JUNE-SEPTEMBER, 2021 AT THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION



SMALL PARADE FLAG IN A RECTANGULAR, SOUTHERN CROSS FORM OF THE CONFEDERATE “BATTLE FLAG”, MADE FOR THE LAST REUNION OF UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS (U.C.V.) IN 1951, AT NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, ACCOMPANIED BY A U.S.P.S. FIRST DAY COVER AND (2) 3-CENT STAMPS, PRODUCED TO COMMEMORATE THE EVENT



13 STARS IN A MEDALLION PATTERN ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG MADE SOMETIME BETWEEN THE CIVIL WAR (1861-1865) AND THE 1876 CENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, WITH A BEAUTIFUL, CORNFLOWER BLUE CANTON AND IN AN UNUSUALLY LARGE SIZE AMONG ITS COUNTERPARTS



13 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG, MADE BETWEEN THE CIVIL WAR (1861-65) AND THE 1876 CENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, FEATURING THREE SIZES OF WHIMSICALLY SHAPED STARS IN A MEDALLION CONFIGURATION



13 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH A 3-2-3-2-3 CONFIGURATION OF STARS; A SMALL-SCALE EXAMPLE, MADE CIRCA 1895-1926, INSCRIBED “RoBT SCOTT” ALONG THE HOIST WITH A DIP PEN, SEEMINGLY BY A CHILD