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18 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH 13 STRIPES, A “DISUNION” FLAG, MADE WITH AN ABOLITIONIST MESSAGE, circa 1859-1861, EXCLUDING THE SLAVE STATES; WITH A 19TH STAR ADDED ON THE OBVERSE; OWNED BY HARVARD-TRAINED, MASSACHUSETTS PHYSICIAN BENJAMIN CUSHING, WHO VOLUNTEERED AS A U.S. ARMY SURGEON, DEVOID OF RANK OR PAY, STATIONED AT FORT MONROE, VIRGINIA, ‘CONTRABAND CAMP’ FOR ESCAPING SLAVES AND THE ONLY UNION-CONTROLLED, FORTIFIED BASE IN THE UPPER SOUTH



18 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH 13 STRIPES, LIKELY MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE 1812 ADMISSION OF LOUISIANA AS THE 18TH STATE, AND PRODUCED EITHER FOR THE 1893 CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR, OR THE 1876 PHILADELPHIA WORLD’S FAIR, ATTRIBUTED TO LEADING, CIVIL WAR, U.S. ARMY ENGINEER & CHICAGO ARCHITECT, WILLIAM LeBARON JENNEY



34 HAND-SEWN, UPSIDE-DOWN STARS ON A HOMEMADE, ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH A VARIANT OF WHAT I HAVE CLASSIFIED AS A “GLOBAL” PATTERN, ON AN INTERESTING, SEAFOAM BLUE CANTON; REFLECTS KANSAS STATEHOOD, OPENING TWO YEARS OF THE CIVIL WAR, 1861-1863



RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL 1976 BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION FLAG WITH 56 STARS, DESIGNED BY HENRY FREDETTE OF LEOMINSTER, MASSACHUSETTS, COPYRIGHTED IN 1974



UNUSUAL PAPER SUFFRAGE PENNANT, WITH BOLD AND WHIMSICAL, WESTERN STYLE LETTERING, circa 1915



32 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG OF A TYPE KNOWN TO HAVE LIKELY SEEN MILITARY USE, REFLECTS THE ADDITION OF MINNESOTA TO THE UNION IN 1858, AN EXTREMELY RARE FLAG, ACCURATE FOR JUST 9 MONTHS AND OFFICIAL FOR ONLY ONE YEAR



13 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG, DATING TO THE CIVIL WAR PERIOD (1861-1865), OR PERHAPS PRIOR, WITH AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE & BEAUTIFUL SNOWFLAKE MEDALLION CONFIGURATION



13 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG OF THE CIVIL WAR PERIOD (1861-1865), WITH 9 STRIPES TO REFLECT THE OMISSION OF NORTH & SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, & VIRGINIA, THE 4 SLAVE STATES AMONG THE ORIGINAL 13 COLONIES THAT SECEDED FROM THE UNION, WITH ITS CANTON RESTING ON THE WAR STRIPE, STRIKING COLOR, AND A BEAUTIFUL MEDALLION CONFIGURATION



COPY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ON CLOTH, PRINTED IN BOSTON IN 1832 TO MEMORIALIZE THE PASSING OF THE LAST SURVIVING SIGNER, CHARLES CARROLL OF MARYLAND, IN THE YEAR THAT COINCIDED WITH THE 100th BIRTHDAY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON



DRAMATIC, CIRCULAR FLAG FAN OF UNCOMMONLY HUGE SIZE, WITH UNUSUAL CONSTRUCTION, MADE IN THE WWI ERA (1917-18), CAREFULLY CONSERVED AND PRESENTED IN A DEEP, CUSTOM-MADE SHADOWBOX

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


STAG WEATHERVANE WITH TREMENDOUS, YELLOW-PAINTED SURFACE, FOUND NEAR PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, circa 1840-1870



EXCEPTIONAL GOLD RUSH POCKET SCALE WITH GREEN, ENAMELED TIN, GILT EAGLE & LETTERING THAT READS: “MADE EXPRESSLY FOR CALIFORNIA,” circa 1850



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



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



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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OCEAN WAVES PATTERN MENNONITE CRIB QUILT, MADE OF WHITE CALICO SHIRTING AND TURKEY RED COTTON, PENNSYLVANIA OR NEW YORK STATE ORIGIN, circa 1880-1890’s



PRINCESS FEATHER QUILT IN PATRIOTIC COLORS, STUNNING & HIGHLY UNUSUAL WITH SOLID RED ON A DARK BLUE GROUND, CIRCA 1870-1885



PAINTED, MECHANICAL, CAST IRON BANK WITH AN EAGLE FEEDING EAGLETS, MADE BY STEVENS, circa 1883



ENGLISH POINTER ON POINT OVER PHEASANT, BY OR IN THE CIRCLE OF PHILIP REINAGLE (1749-1833), BRITISH, OIL ON CANVAS, circa 1820



BRONZE INKWELL IN THE FORM OF AN EAGLE’S HEAD, circa 1850-1880, PROBABLY AMERICAN, UNSIGNED



STERLING SILVER MATCH HOLDER IN THE FORM OF AN EAGLE’S HEAD, WITH BEAUTIFUL FORM AND INLAID, GLASS EYES, BRITISH, CIRCA 1900-1940



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



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

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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



EARLY KERCHIEF IN THE FORM OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE BEAR FLAG, PROBABLY MADE FOR THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION IN SAN FRANCISCO IN 1915



48 STAR U.S. NAVY JACK, MARKED AS HAVING BEEN FLOWN ON THE U.S.S. FT. MANDAN, LAUNCHED NEAR THE END OF WWII, IN 1945, WITH SERVICE DURING BOTH THE KOREAN AND VIETNAM WAR ERAS, IN THE ARCTIC, AT THE NORTH POLE, AND AT GUANTANAMO BAY DURING THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS; FLOWN DURING THE EARLIEST POINT OF THE SHIP’S SERVICE, THE FLAG EXHIBITS ENDEARING WEAR FROM OBVIOUS USE



AMERICAN PATRIOTIC FLAG QUILT WITH 44 BLUE STARS SET UPON A WHITE GROUND IN THE TOP CENTER OF 13 RED, WHITE, AND BLUE STRIPES, 1890-1896, WYOMING STATEHOOD



STEVENSGRAPH BOOKMARK, WITH A PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, MADE FOR THE 1876 CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION IN PHILADELPHIA BY THOMAS STEVENS, WHO INVENTED THE PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THEM



EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, 1876 EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST NATIONAL FLAG OF AMERICA, THE “GRAND UNION”, MADE BY HORSTMANN BROS. & CO. OF PHILADELPHIA FOR THE CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION



13 STARS IN A SIX-POINTED GREAT STAR / STAR OF DAVID PATTERN, ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG MADE FOR THE 1876 CENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, FORMERLY IN THE MASTAI COLLECTION



U.S. NAVY COMMISSION PENNANT OF THE CIVIL WAR PERIOD (1861-1865), WITH 13 STARS, ENTIRELY HAND SEWN, AN EXCEPTIONAL SURVIVOR



44 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG WITH A TRIPLE WREATH FORM OF THE MEDALLION CONFIGURATION, RARE IN THIS PERIOD WITH A CIRCULAR STAR ARRANGEMENT, 1890-1896, REFLECTS THE ADDITION OF WYOMING TO THE UNION



45 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG WITH STAGGERED ROWS OF STARS ON A DUSTY BLUE CANTON; REFLECTS THE PERIOD WHEN UTAH WAS THE MOST RECENT STATE TO JOIN THE UNION, 1896-1908