Monday, July 5, 2010

O Say Can You See?

(Above) circa 1930’s
Folky wood Carving of Uncle Sam with an old original painted surface. Possibly used originally as a mailbox holder in a rural setting. Click image for larger view.




(Above) Patriotic American shield (c. 1919-1929) with 13 stars to reflect the 13 original colonies, arranged in two rows, with a large star in the center of the top row. The construction consists of a large sheet of artist’s board, laid over a shaped strainer frame, made of thick pine. The hand-painted, red, white, blue, and gold polychrome paint survive in an excellent state of preservation, with light craquelure. Click image for larger view.



(Above) c. 1890 42 star American flag. Washington state was the 42nd state to enter the union. This flag was never official as four other states entered the union that same year. Wonderful hand cut and stitched folk art stars. The binding is marked 1890. Click image for larger view.

(Above) Circa 1904. Theatrical flag curtains open on a star spangled presentation of candidates, “For president/ Alton B. Parker/1904/ For Vice President/ Henry G. Davis/ 1904” with a banner promoting “Good government for the people.” Portrait of Parker derived from artwork copyrighted 1904 by George Prince. Reference: Threads of History," Collins, Smithsonian Institution, Plate 872. Click image for larger view.


AFTER THE FOURTH OF JULY 2010, here’s a look back at some vintage items worthy of fireworks!

Via 1stdibs.

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