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16 STARS IN A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STARBURST MEDALLION THAT FEATURES A DISTINCT SALTIRE; A HOMEMADE AND ENTIRELY HAND-SEWN, ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG, MADE WITH AN ABOLITIONIST MESSAGE BY REMOVING THE SLAVE STATES FROM THE STAR COUNT, circa 1850-1858, YET WITH A COMBINATION OF TRAITS AND FEATURES THAT CURIOUSLY REFLECT TENNESSEE AS THE 16TH STATE TO JOIN THE UNION AND THE 11TH STATE TO LEAVE



SILK SUFFRAGETTE SASH RIBBON IN YELLOW & WHITE WITH "VOTES FOR WOMEN" TEXT, circa 1910-1915



13 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH A BEAUTIFUL MEDALLION CONFIGURATION OF STARS; A SMALL-SCALE EXAMPLE, MADE CIRCA 1895-1926



45 STARS IN STAGGERED ROWS ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG OF THE 1896-1908 PERIOD, SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR ERA, REFLECTING UTAH STATEHOOD



44 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG, WITH AN EXTREMELY RARE LINEAL ARRANGEMENT OF STARS IN ROWS OF 9-9-9-9-8, A ROPE HOIST, AN ELONGATED OVERALL PROFILE, AND AN ELONGATED CANTON; REFLECTS WYOMING STATEHOOD, 1890-1896



44 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH AN HOURGLASS ARRANGEMENT ON A TWO-TONE BLUE CANTON; REFLECTS THE ERA WHEN WYOMING WAS THE MOST RECENT STATE TO JOIN THE UNION, 1890-1896



FULL, WRAP-AROUND, SILK SUFFRAGETTE SASH IN VIOLET & GREEN, WITH "VOTES FOR WOMEN" TEXT, DESIGNED BY SYLVIA PANKHURST FOR THE WOMEN’S SOCIAL & POLITICAL UNION (U.K.), PRODUCED BY TOYE &. COMPANY OF BIRMINGHAM, CIRCA 1908



ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH 10-POINTED STARS THAT SPELL “1776 – 1876”, MADE FOR THE 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, ONE OF THE MOST GRAPHIC OF ALL EARLY EXAMPLES



45 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH BEAUTIFUL, ELONGATED PROPORTIONS AND GENEROUS SCALE, 1896-1908, UTAH STATEHOOD, SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR ERA



39 STARS IN TWO SIZES, ALTERNATING FROM ONE COLUMN TO THE NEXT, ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG WITH AN UNUSUALLY ELONGATED PROFILE, DATING TO THE 1876 CENTENNIAL, NEVER AN OFFICIAL STAR COUNT, REFLECTS THE ANTICIPATED ARRIVAL OF COLORADO AND THE DAKOTA

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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



EXCEPTIONAL BUTCHER BLOCK IN BLACK PAINT, WITH GREAT, ROUND, BARRELL-SHAPED FORM, MISSOURI ORIGIN, 1850-1890



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



18th CENTURY, NANTUCKET-ORIGIN, STAND-UP BLANKET CHEST, EXUBERANTLY PAINT-DECORATED, OWNED BY THE COFFIN FAMILY AND NICKNAMED "THE TIGER CHEST" BY FAMILY MEMBERS, WHO HANDED IT DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, CIRCA 1780-90



PENNSYLVANIA, PAINT-DECORATED AND GILDED SETTEE WITH THE RARE INCLUSION OF BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES, ca 1845-1865



UNUSUAL, SMALL SCALE, PLANK- SEATED, PENNSYLVANIA DECORATED SETTEE WITH A BLACK GROUND AND LYRE (a.k.a. BOOTJACK) BACK SLATS, ca 1870-1890

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WOOL HORSE BLANKET IN FOREST GREEN & BURGUNDY, WITH GEOMETRIC AND STRIPED DESIGNS, LATE 19TH CENTURY



WOOL HORSE BLANKET WITH A BEAUTIFUL TAN / RUST / CLAY COLORED GROUND AND SOUTHWEST STYLE STRIPING, LATE 19TH CENTURY



PAINT-DECORATED, 19TH CENTURY, GAME WHEEL IN SCARLET RED, CHROME YELLOW, AND BLACK, WITH EXCEPTIONAL GRAPHICS AND SURFACE, circa 1880



PAINTING OF GEORGE WASHINGTON IN OIL ON CANVAS, AN EARLY EXAMPLE, RENDERED circa 1850, A VERY PLEASING AND WELL-EXECUTED COPY OF GILBERT STUART'S ATHENAEUM PORTRAIT



WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE, PAINTED IN OIL ON CANVAS, IN AN IMPRESSIVE SCALE, AFTER THE 1851 PAINTING BY EMANUEL LEUTZE; FOUND IN A HOUSE APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE FROM WHERE THE CELEBRATED EVENT TOOK PLACE, PROBABLY PAINTED FOR THE 1876 CENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE



PAINT-DECORATED, 19TH CENTURY, RACEHORSE GAME WHEEL WITH CAST ZINC HORSES AND EXCEPTIONAL, ORIGINAL SURFACE, circa 1880-90



MASTERPIECE TRAMP ART CARVING: "THE GRADUATE"



BACKGAMMON BOARD WITH GENEROUS DEPTH, A MOLDED EDGE, EXCEPTIONAL PAINT SURFACE, AND EXAGGERATEDLY STEEP PIPS THAT RESEMBLE ICICLES OR JAGGED TEETH. CIRCA 1840-1850



PRESSED BRASS EAGLE, AN EARLY PARADE FLAG HOLDER & BUNTING TIE-BACK, AN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE, circa 1880-1895



PATRIOTIC, NATIVE AMERICAN, BEADED & QUILLED PIPE BAG, WITH AMERICAN FLAGS AND THE VERY RARE INCLUSION OF THE DATE OF JULY 4TH, SELDOM EVER ENCOUNTERED ON EARLY TEXTILES OR INDIAN BEADWORK, PROBABLY SIOUX, CIRCA 1890-1910

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EXTRAORDINARY, PRE-REVOULTIONARY WAR, ENGLISH CREAMWARE JUG WITH JOHN WILKES PATRIOTIC VERSE, ATTRIBUTED TO THE LEEDS POTTERY, MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET



FIREMAN'S "PARADE HAT" WITH AN IMAGE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, FROM THE INDEPENDENCE HOSE COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA, MADE BY G. G. STAMBACH, 2ND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY



RED-PAINTED, SPLAY LEG, SPADE FOOT, TAVERN TABLE WITH BREADBOARDED TOP, CIRCA 1810-1840



STAND-UP DESK-ON-FRAME WITH FANTASTIC FORM IN ITS ORIGINAL PAINTED SURFACE, CA 1800-1830



FOLK PAINTING OF FOURTEEN BOBWHITE QUAIL, OIL ON CANVAS IN AN ELONGATED FORMAT, circa 1890-1920



EARLY WEATHERVANE, IN THE FORM OF A CLIPPER SHIP, WITH EXCEPTIONAL, UNTOUCHED SURFACE, FOUND IN MICHIGAN, circa 1850



PAINT-DECORATED, MAINE BLANKET CHEST, CIRCA 1790-1810, IN EARLY RED PAINT WITH BLACK DECORATION THAT INCLUDES A REPEATING, STYLIZED “M”



EXCEPTIONAL AND HIGHLY UNUSUAL, 19TH CENTURY, “STITCH-IN-THE-DITCH” WOOL RUG, WITH TWO SEATED CATS AND TWO TREES, FOUND IN MAINE, circa 1880 – 1890



KIDS' BATWING LEATHER CHAPS WITH HORSESHOES, SILVER-PLATED CONCHOS AND STUDS, ca 1930-40



CARVED EAGLE WITH ELONGATED FORMAT, FROM THE SHOP OF JOHN HALEY BELLAMY, THE MOST REKNOWNED CARVER OF THE FORM, CIRCA 1875-1890’s

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16 STARS AND 11 STRIPES THAT START AND END ON WHITE, ON A HOMEMADE FLAG MADE BETWEEN THE CIVIL WAR (1861-65) AND THE 1876 CENTENNIAL; THESE TWO COUNTS GLORIFY TENNESSEE AS BOTH THE 16TH STATE TO JOIN THE UNION AND THE 11TH TO SECEDE



31 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL PENTAGON MEDALLION CONFIGURATION OF STARS; REFLECTS THE PERIOD WHEN CALIFORNIA WAS THE MOST RECENT STATE TO JOIN THE UNION, 1850-1858; THE ONLY EXAMPLE IN THIS EXACT FORM THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED



45 STARS ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG IN AN EXTREMELY SMALL SCALE AMONG EXAMPLES OF THE PERIOD WITH PIECED-AND-SEWN CONSTRUCTION, 1896-1907, SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR ERA, REFLECTS UTAH STATEHOOD



"ROOSEVELT BATTLE FLAG" KERCHIEF, MADE FOR THE 1912 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT, WHEN HE RAN ON THE INDEPENDENT, PROGRESSIVE PARTY TICKET, SIGNED "D&C / NY" WITH "UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD" IMAGE COPYRIGHT



SPECTACULAR 1984 RONALD REAGAN vs. WALTER MONDALE DEBATE POSTER, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI



THE EARLIEST MARYLAND FLAG I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED IN PRIVATE HANDS, HAND-PAINTED, PAINTED BY “JOHN E. GRAFF,” SIGNED AND DATED “1874;” DEPICTS THE NEWLY ADOPTED STATE SEAL ON A WHITE GROUND, WITH A PENCILLED INSCRIPTION “WAMSUTTA,” AFFIXED TO ITS ORIGINAL WOODEN STAFF



ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH 15 STARS & 15 STRIPES, A COPY OF THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, THE FAMOUS FLAG IN AMERICA, UPON WHICH FRANCIS SCOTT KEY GAZED IN BALTIMORE HARBOR WHILE WRITING THE WORDS TO THE SONG OF THE SAME NAME; REFLECTS THE ADDITION OF KENTUCKY AS THE 15TH STATE IN 1792. THIS FLAG LIKELY MADE BY ANNIN & COMPANY IN NEW YORK CITY TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENNIAL OF THE WAR OF 1812



13 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH A 3-2-3-2-3 CONFIGURATION OF STARS; A SMALL-SCALE EXAMPLE, MADE CIRCA 1895-1926, WITH AN OWNERSHIP STENCIL OF R.H. MACY & CO. ALONG THE HOIST



ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH 10-POINTED STARS THAT SPELL “1776 – 1876”, MADE FOR THE 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, ONE OF THE MOST GRAPHIC OF ALL EARLY EXAMPLES



48 STAR U.S. NAVY JACK, MADE AT MARE ISLAND, CALIFORNIA, HEADQUARTERS OF THE PACIFIC FLEET, DURING WWII, DATED 1943