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  PRESSED BRASS EAGLE, AN EARLY PARADE FLAG HOLDER & BUNTING TIE-BACK, AN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE, ca 1890
Dimensions (inches): 32" wide x 9.5" tall x 2.5" deep
Description:
Pressed brass eagles decorated the interiors of Civil War veterans' halls, armories, and government buildings. They typically have rectangular brackets on the reverse , into which patriotic bunting could be tucked, and/or open tubes, into which the wooden staffs of parade flags could be affixed to fan out above the eagle's wings. This one has a bracket. In addition to bunting, parade flags could also be neatly placed into this structure with staffs crossed.

Eagles like this began to appear during the last quarter of the 19th century and production probably persisted until around 1910. The surface was gilded in gold leaf to give it a lasting luster. Much of the original gilding remains and the patina is excellent. The structure is partially hollow-bodied and three-dimensional. This is a particularly nice one because of the profile of the bird and the beautiful detailing in the feathers, some of which curl around into circular swirls.

Condition: There is one minor structural repair to the wire on the back that creates the supportive structure.
   
Primary Color: gold
Earliest Date: 1880
Latest Date: 1910
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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