November 10, 2021 11:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 45
 
Lot 45 - An American Grand Union Flag or Continental Colors

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An American Grand Union Flag or Continental Colors
late 19th/ early 20th century

Machine-sewn wool bunting and cotton, sleeve retains leather tab, mounted.

47 1/2 in. x 74 1/2 in.

Provenance

Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD.

Sold for $2,520
Estimated at $1,000 - $1,500


 

Machine-sewn wool bunting and cotton, sleeve retains leather tab, mounted.

47 1/2 in. x 74 1/2 in.

Provenance

Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD.

Note

With a canton derived from the British Union Jack and thirteen stripes to represent each of the North American colonies, the Grand Union Flag is considered the first, though unofficial national flag of the United States. It was used briefly as a naval ensign during the War of Independence from 1775 to 1777, purportedly first raised on the war ship Alfred on the Delaware River at Philadelphia by John Paul Jones.

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