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RARE SUFFRAGETTE ARMBAND IN GOLDEN YELLOW FELT, ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED IN THIS COLOR & THE ONLY ONE IN THIS EXACT STYLE; MADE circa 1912-1919



38 STARS IN AN EXTREMELY UNUSUAL CONFIGURATION THAT BEARS A CLUSTER OF 6 SMALL STARS WITHIN A LINEAL PATTERN OF LARGER STARS, 1876-1889, COLORADO STATEHOOD



42 STARS ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH A WAVE CONFIGURATION OF LINEAL COLUMNS, AN UNOFFICIAL STAR COUNT THAT REFLECTS THE ADDITION OF WASHINGTON STATE, MONTANA, AND THE DAKOTAS, circa 1889-1890



42 STARS IN A WHIMSICAL MEDALLION CONFIGURATION THAT FEATURES A LARGE, HALOED CENTER STAR AND INCORPORATES 7 TINY STARS; NEVER AN OFFICIAL STAR COUNT, EXCEPTIONALLY RARE, REFLECTS THE ADDITION OF WASHINGTON STATE, circa 1889-1890



13 STAR RIBBON, WOVEN SILK, circa 1876-1910



WWI U.S. MARINE CORPS RECRUITING POSTER, ILLUSTRATED BY CHARLES B. FALLS, DEPICTING THE CORPS AS A BULL DOG, CHASING GERMANY, REPRESENTED AS A DASCHUND, BENEATH A SLOGAN THAT REPRESENTS ONE OF THE FIRST GRAPHIC USES OF THE NICKNAME “DEVIL DOGS,” circa 1918



43 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG, ONE OF JUST THREE KNOWN EXAMPLES AND THE ONLY ONE WITH A DYNAMIC STAR PATTERN; ONE OF THE RAREST STAR COUNTS AMONG SURVIVING AMERICAN FLAGS OF THE 19TH CENTURY; REFLECTS THE ADDITION OF IDAHO AS THE 43RD STATE IN 1890



WEST POINT PENNANT WITH STRIKING COLOR & GRAPHICS, WWII ERA - 1950's



36 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG, MADE FOR THE 1868 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF ULYSSES S. GRANT & SCHUYLER COLFAX



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

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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



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

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



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



INCREDIBLY RARE, CIVIL WAR PERIOD CHESS SET WITH THE BOARD FEATURING ALBUMEN PHOTOS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN & A CONTINGENT OF UNION ARMY GENERALS, PATENTED IN 1862 BY WALTER S. HILL & SAMUEL T. REED OF NEW YORK CITY, WITH EXTREMELY LARGE PLAYING PIECES MADE OF HAND-CARVED BONE THAT REMARKABLY DISSASSEMBLE FOR EASE OF CARRYING IN THE FIELD



SUBSTANTIAL AND EXTRAORDINARY, 19TH CENTURY, HAND-MADE GATE FROM THE JOSHUA PECKHAM RESIDENCE AT 116-118 BROADWAY, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, circa 1877-1879



PAINTING OF GEORGE WASHINGTON IN OIL ON CANVAS, AN EARLY EXAMPLE, RENDERED circa 1830-1850's, A VERY PLEASING AND WELL-EXECUTED COPY OF GILBERT STUART'S ATHENAEUM PORTRAIT



EXPERTLY CARVED AMERICAN FEDERAL EAGLE, LIKELY OF THE CIVIL WAR PERIOD, WITH THE BACKGROUND EXECUTED IN UNUSUALLY DEEP RELIEF & THE HEAD DIRECTED TOWARDS A CLUSTER OF ARROWS, circa 1861-1863



EXCEPTIONAL, CARVED WOODEN CANE IN THE FORM OF A THORNED TWIG, WITH TWO, SPOTTED, GREEN SNAKES TWISTING UP IT, AMERICAN, circa 1870



MERINO SHEEP WEATHERVANE, THE VERY BEST OF ITS KIND AND WITH PERHAPS THE BEST SURFACE THAT EXISTS ON SURVIVING EXAMPLES, ATTRIBUTED TO A.J. HARRIS & CO., BOSTON, circa 1875



MASTERPIECE QUALITY SCHERENSCHNITTE, IN THE STYLE OFTEN ATTRIBUTED TO ISAAC STIEHLY, WITH A PATRIOTIC EAGLE AND REFERENCE TO THE 1844 NEW YORK MAYORAL ELECTION OF PUBLISHING MAGNATE JAMES HARPER

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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



LARGE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE GAME BIRD FIGURE IN YELLOWWARE WITH ROCKINGHAM GLAZE, PRODUCED BY THE MORTON POTTERY IN ILLINOIS, BUT NEVER DISTRIBUTED, HANDED DOWN THROUGH THE FAMILY OF AN EMPLOYEE, circa 1880-1890



EARLY BOHEMIAN MILK GLASS MUG WITH PATRIOTIC AMERICAN IMAGERY THAT INCLUDES AN EAGLE, 16 STARS, AND THE CAPTION “LIBERTY”, circa 1796-1803



EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PATRIOTIC POSTER ENTITLED “WE THE PEOPLE,” BY HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (1873-1952), PRODUCED IN 1937 FOR THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, SIGNED BY SENATOR ROBERT C. BYRD, THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER OF CONGRESS



CARVED EAGLE FROM THE SHOP OF JOHN HALEY BELLAMY, THE MOST RENOWNED CARVER OF THE FORM, THIS EXAMPLE IN A DIMINUTIVE SCALE, WITH WONDERFUL, DARK PATINA, circa 1875-1910

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EXTREMELY RARE PILLOW COVER, WITH ROOSEVELT "TEDDY BEARS" CARRYING A LYNX, MADE TO COMMMEMORATE HIS SUCCESSFUL SETTLEMENT OF A LAND DISPUTE FOLLOWING THE YUKON / KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH



8 STARS WITH WHIMSICAL PROFILES ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG OF THE CIVIL WAR PERIOD, MADE TO REFLECT CONFEDERATE SYMPATHIES, DENOTES VIRGINIA SECESSION IN 1861, EXTREMELY SCARCE



8 STARS WITH WHIMSICAL PROFILES ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG OF THE CIVIL WAR PERIOD, MADE TO REFLECT CONFEDERATE SYMPATHIES, DENOTES VIRGINIA SECESSION IN 1861, EXTREMELY SCARCE



ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG WITH 41 STARS, AN UNOFFICIAL STAR COUNT, AMONG THE MOST RARE EXAMPLES OF THE 19th CENTURY, ACCURATE FOR JUST 3 DAYS; REFLECTS MONTANA STATEHOOD, circa 1889; ILLUSTRATED IN “THE STARS & STRIPES: FABRIC OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT” by RICHARD PIERCE, 2005



49 STARS ON A VINTAGE, HOMEMADE AMERICAN FLAG WITH ITS CANTON RESTING ON THE WAR STRIPE AND NUMEROUS REPAIRS FORM OBVIOUS LONG-TERM USE; REFLECTS THE ADDITION OF ALASKA IN 1959; OFFICIAL FOR JUST ONE YEAR



LARGE AND EXCEPTIONALLY GRAPHIC BROADSIDE FROM AN ALBANY, NEW YORK NEWSPAPER, WITH GREAT VERBIAGE, ANNOUNCING THE 1864 RE-ELECTION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE ONLY COPY I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED



RARE KERCHIEF MADE FOR THE 1888 CAMPAIGN OF REPUBLICAN BENJAMIN HARRISON, WITH THE IMAGES OF A BALD EAGLE ON A NEST WITH EAGLETS



EXTREMELY LARGE STEVENSGRAPH BOOKMARK WITH AN IMAGE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, MADE IN NEW JERSEY BY THE PHOENIX MANUFACTURING COMPANY, EITHER FOR THE 1876 CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION IN PHILADELPHIA, OR THE 1893 WORLD COLUMBIAN EXPO IN CHICAGO



UNUSUAL, ROUND, FELT PATCH OR STEIN COASTER, WITH CRIMPED BORDER AND THE ARMS OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT, circa 1920’s - 1950’s



WEST POINT WINDOW BANNER OF THE WWI – WWII ERA (1917-1945), WITH STRONG COLORS & GRAPHICS