Measurement: Overall: 27” on the hoist by 41” on the fly.
Material and Construction: Pieced construction, entirely of silk, with mostly machine
stitching using 2S silk thread. The center of canton displays a large, hand embroidered
letter K worked in two ply S-twist silk floss. The flag has a 2-inch folded pole sleeve. All
fabrics are single layer, plain woven silk 192 warp/128 weft per inch.
Condition: Archivally framed; very good overall (conserved), good colors, only minor
losses, and fraying, at least 2 holes appear to be from bullets, staining. Photographs of
flag pre-conservation are in conservator’s report, which is available.
Pre-Conservation Statement: The flag was in overall fair condition, suffering minor
losses to the lower fly tail. The upper canton and both fly tails suffered silk fracturing, as
did other scattered small places displaying or displayed corresponding slight losses.
Several projectile holes are evident, as are numerous stains from use and water
exposure. Some mold is also present as are stains from this long-term contamination.
The vestiges of time now expertly restored/conserved. [No previous treatments or
display considerations were evident.]
Additional Information: Civil War Historic Regulation 35-star cavalry guidon
Maker marked by A.W. Pollard & Co. of Boston who contracted for many other
Massachusetts flags. 35 Stars became official July 4, 1863 and were used until the end
of the war. Company K of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry was made up mostly of
Boston-area men…they left for Baltimore, Maryland February 12, 1863 and proceeded
to Fort Monroe thence to Gloucester Point opposite Yorktown Virginia.
It is not known how the family who originally sold this flag obtained it, however research
has revealed that a descendent was the niece of Capt. Goodwin A. Stone of Co. K who
was wounded on July 4, 1864 at Aldie, Virginia and died 2 weeks later. Stone’s mother
and brother visited him before he died, it is conjecture that the mother ended up with the
flag and that it was descended to her daughter, Eliza Stone Marchant, and then to their
ancestor Louisa Marchant. Regardless of history, this is a rare survivor of the Civil
Condition: Excellent, small, veneered mend to .5” shallow back section of scroll.
Additional Information: Crafted by the firm of Titcomb and Bellamy, manufacturers of
emblematic frames and brackets, at their 11 City Square, Charlestown, Massachusetts
studio, under the direction of John Haley Bellamy.
The determination is based on comparison of this shelf and several examples of
Bellamy’s work. Numerous stylistic attributes exist between this piece and authentic
documented Titcomb and Bellamy creations of this particular design, principally
concerning the textured dimpling displayed in the scroll bearing the inscription “JAN. 1ST
1863,” the scrollwork border and the parallel tick-marks repeated throughout this effort,
the execution of the chain, quill pen, and laurel wreath iconography; the shield displayed
at the bottom…and the serpentine “S” cuts, as-well-as the symmetry, thickness, and
weight of the piece.
Bellamy, the firm’s designer oversaw several apprentices and assistants in the
manufacture of masonic-themed brackets, frames, and clock cases of his original
conception. The pieces were machine cut before artisans made detailed cuts with hand
tools. Analysis determines that apprentices made the basic machine cuts, with
assistants and Bellamy being responsible for executing the finishing surface cuts that
define the piece and its distinctive personality. This what-not shelf is atypical in that it is
to date the only known and documented Grand Army of the Republic shelf in existence.
Long rumored to have been part of Titcomb & Bellamy’s product line however
heretofore never verified, the shelf is of inestimable scholarly value. This piece ranks
with a rare, elite grouping within Bellamy’s oeuvre adding considerably to our
understanding and appreciation of this highly talented American artist.
Measurement: Cap: 12" x 7" x 6.75"; height on wall mount: 25.5"; wall to outside edge
of cap: 14.5"
Material: Carved hardwood
Condition: Excellent, surface displays scattered flaking commensurate with age and
weathering; displays very nicely
Additional Information: Liberty poles capped with Liberty Caps were erected in town
squares…the iconic symbol is displayed on coins, and seals; Miss. Liberty is often
shown with a Liberty cap on pole within diversified mediums. Before the Revolutionary
War, a secret society was formed, its members, The Sons of Liberty often met under
“Liberty Trees”. The “Liberty Poles” were symbols of the same “Liberty Trees”. Not only
is Miss. Liberty depicted carry a pole surmounted with the iconic symbol, she is
frequently depicted wearing the classic symbol also known as a Phrygian cap. Carved
wooden caps were carried in American patriotic parades and at political events such as
parades in cities and towns visited by General Lafayette during his twenty-four-state
tour of 1824-1825. This rare artifact displays a shallow mortise within hat band, likely for
a rope pulley suggesting that it was atop a flagpole. The wrought iron shaft is original to
The cap can be displayed as shown or vertically…or on a conical riser so only the hat is
shown. We have fabrication services available.
This graphic and beautifully made Civil War flag was made for a survivor of the battle in
Fair Oaks, Virginia, who had been wounded in the battle and upon returning home, he
employed a Brooklyn Sail Maker, George W. Gerou in 1862 & 1863, to make this large
flag. It is totally handstitched and must have cost a fair amount of money to make.
After his death, his widow donated the flag to the Valley Forge Museum. The flag was
later deaccessioned by Valley Forge Historical Society (now the Museum of the American
Revolution). The flag is exceptionally well crafted with inset cut through twilled wool
lettering and cotton stars. This flag was originally given to the Reverend W. Herbert Burk
(1867-1933), the founder and curator of the Valley Forge Historical Society. Burk’s main
interest was the American Revolution; however, he collected all American historical objects
(“Making a Museum-Confessions of a Curator”, 1926). Unfortunately, the original donation card
is lost, but a 2015 transcription reads “Rev. Mr. Burk / Yours of the 11th rec’d. / I will
send flag. As I wrote you / that my late Husband had the / flag made on his return home / wounded
from Fair Oaks Va, we / had a great time one day, the day / that flag was raised and how we
/ enjoyed seeing it blow out thus / showing the lettering”. It also goes on to state his
service as a first lieutenant in the 61st Regiment New York Volunteers, also the 22nd United
States Colored Troops, acting assistant inspector general of the colored brigade, and a first
lieutenant in the Veteran Reserve Corps. The Battle of Fair Oaks was fought May 31 – June 1, 1862,
it produced over 5,000 casualties, killed and wounded. The 61st New York alone had 100 casualties.
The officer who survived this terrible fight had means to buy this very expensive flag as a
memorial to his survival. The flag measures 77” on hoist, 157” on fly. The condition is good to
very good; excellent color, light soiling, minor reductions; other than linen hoist, which is heavily
frayed and only partially intact, but enough to read most of the maker’s mark. One large handmade
brass grommet is still intact at bottom edge of hoist.
A.R. Waud was an illustrator of Civil War and American frontier scenes, beginning his career as an artist-correspondent for Harper’s Weekly and assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He was one of only two artists present at the Battle of Gettysburg, and his sketch of the Battle of Pickett’s Charge may be the only image of the conflict by an eyewitness. The Library of Congress holds a large collection of his wartime sketches, and this watercolor appears to have been painted in the studio from a field sketch. Though this medium can be used for quick recording, even during a reprieve the precise application is more appropriate for a composed image that would later be reprinted in greyscake for Harper’s Weekly. The subject is uncommon for available Waud paintings, few of which have come up at auction or on the market in the past fifteen years.
(Frame: 28” x 23”; View: 16.5” x 21.5”)
Birdseye maple shell decorated with a painted patriotic eagle clutching an American
shield centered by olive branches; maple hoops feature a black painted scroll pattern
within border; ivory peep hole/vent gromet. Patented cast metal clips [2 missing],
original rope is imperfect and only one leather tightener is present; one snare strainer
present…heads are fine. We have a highly respected restorer specialist in Vermont.
(Height: 11.5"; diameter: 16.25")
Chromolithographed Spanish American War expressing the patriotic fever of the Spanish American War period. The drum with similar decoration on two sides features Admiral Dewy - hero of the day. Admiral Dewey within patriotic shield ornamented with olive branches and centered by large American flags with 13-stars. The wood rims are painted red with gold stripe; skin heads, lead grommets, decorative rope, leather slides, and snare are original. Excellent Condition. (Dimensions: 8.75" H, 12" diameter.)
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