November 10, 2021 11:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 4
 
Lot 4 - A rare 13-Star American National Flag with 21 'Scattered Stars'

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A rare 13-Star American National Flag with 21 'Scattered Stars'
circa 1824 and updated later

The thirteen hand-sewn single appliqued cotton stars arranged in an oval on early wool bunting canton, with the later addition of 21 smaller cotton hand-sewn stars, 13 hand-sewn wool bunting stripes, the linen header with two whip-sewn grommets and the inscription, "C.C. Hodgkins," mounted.

48 1/4 in. x 78 3/4 in.

Provenance

Collection Dr. Whitney Smith (1940-2016), Flag Research Center, Winchester, Massachusetts
Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD.

Sold for $59,850
Estimated at $25,000 - $50,000


 

The thirteen hand-sewn single appliqued cotton stars arranged in an oval on early wool bunting canton, with the later addition of 21 smaller cotton hand-sewn stars, 13 hand-sewn wool bunting stripes, the linen header with two whip-sewn grommets and the inscription, "C.C. Hodgkins," mounted.

48 1/4 in. x 78 3/4 in.

Provenance

Collection Dr. Whitney Smith (1940-2016), Flag Research Center, Winchester, Massachusetts
Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD.

Note

The early bunting, hand-stitching and arrangement of stars in an oval of 10 stars enclosing three centered stars, strongly suggest that this flag was made to commemorate the Marquis de La Fayette's tour of the United States in 1824. The flag was likely updated with the addition of 21 smaller stars circa 1861 to commemorate Kansas Statehood.

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