November 10, 2021 11:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 40
 
Lot 40 - A 45-Star Buffalo Bill Wild West Barnum & Bailey Ltd. American Flag

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A 45-Star Buffalo Bill Wild West Barnum & Bailey Ltd. American Flag
1898 to approximately 1906

A printed silk flag with stars embellished with hand-sewn sequins and silver metallic fringe around three sides, the lower stripe bearing gilt stamping, "Buffalo Bill Wild West/ Barnum & Bailey Ltd."

30 in. x 56 in.

Provenance

Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD.

Sold for $3,780
Estimated at $3,000 - $5,000


 

A printed silk flag with stars embellished with hand-sewn sequins and silver metallic fringe around three sides, the lower stripe bearing gilt stamping, "Buffalo Bill Wild West/ Barnum & Bailey Ltd."

Provenance

Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD.

Note

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) and his famous Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show joined forces with Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth in 1895. Barnum & Bailey Ltd. agents managed the highly successful European tour of the Wild West Show from 1902 -1906. Following the death of James Bailey in 1906, the circus was purchased by the Ringling Bros. Often in financial difficulty, Cody sold the Wild West Show in 1913.

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