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American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts Auction 4/17/1982


<ul><li><p>American Furniture, Folk &amp; Decorative Arts04/17/13</p><p>04/17/13</p><p>america</p><p>n fu</p><p>rnitu</p><p>re, folk &amp; d</p><p>ecorativ</p><p>e arts </p><p> Samuel T Freeman &amp; Co. 1808 Chestnut Street Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103Tel-215.563.9275 Fax-215.563.8236</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaCOV_square back cover 3/14/13 2:40 PM Page 1</p></li><li><p>G13-14380_AmericanaCOV_square back cover 3/12/13 7:37 AM Page 2</p></li><li><p>American Furniture, Folk &amp; Decorative Arts 04/17/13</p><p>American Furniture, Folk &amp; Decorative ArtsSale 1456 </p><p>Wednesday, April 17 at 10am</p><p>Inquiries:Lynda</p><p>Whitney</p><p>Exhibitions:Friday, April 12 &amp; Saturday, April 1310am to 5pm</p><p>Sunday, April 1412pm to 5pm</p><p>Monday, April 15 &amp;Tuesday, April 1610am to 5pm</p><p>Or by appointment</p><p>Limited viewing morning of sale</p><p>Catalogue: $32 (in the Gallery)</p><p>Inside Front Cover: Lot 1 (detail)Inside Back Cover: Lot 248 (detail) </p><p>Color images of every lot are available</p><p>Bidding:Mallory Malkasian267.414.1207fax:</p><p>Printing by Brilliant Studio</p><p>Exton, Pennsylvania</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/13/13 9:09 PM Page 1</p></li><li><p>2</p><p>Important Informationfor Buyers</p><p>Registration</p><p>Buyers Premium</p><p>Sales Tax</p><p>Catalogue Descriptions</p><p>Bidding</p><p>Payment</p><p>Removal of Purchases</p><p>Shipping and Packing</p><p>All potential buyers must register for the sale prior to placing a bid.Registration information may be submitted in person at our reception desk,by fax or through our website at We will requireproof of identification and residence and may require a credit card and/or abank reference. By registering for the sale, the buyer acknowledges that heor she has read, understood and accepted Freemans Terms and Conditionsof Sale.</p><p>A Buyers Premium will be added to the successful bid price and is payableby the buyer as part of the total purchase price. The Buyers Premium shallbe: 25% on the first $50,000 of the hammer price of each lot, 20% on theportion from $50,001 through $1,000,000, and 12% thereafter. </p><p>All items in the catalogue are subject to the 8% Pennsylvania andPhiladelphia sales tax. Dealers purchasing for resale must register their taxnumbers on current PA forms. Forms should be submitted to our ClientServices office on the second floor.</p><p>All item descriptions, dimensions and estimates are provided for guidanceonly. It is the buyers responsibility to inspect all lots prior to bidding toensure that the condition is to their satisfaction. If potential buyers areunable to inspect lots in person, our specialists will be happy to preparedetailed Condition Reports on individual lots as quickly as possible. Theseare for guidance only, and all lots will be sold as is as per our Terms andConditions of Sale.</p><p>At the sale Registered bidders will be assigned a bidder number and given apaddle for use at the sale. Once the first bid has been placed, theauctioneer asks for higher bids in increments determined by the auctioneer.To place your bid, simply raise your paddle until the auctioneeracknowledges you. The auctioneer will not mistake a random gesture for abid.</p><p>By phone A limited number of telephone lines are available for bidding byphone through a Freemans representative. Phone lines must be reserved inadvance. Requests must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to thescheduled start of the sale.</p><p>In writing Bid forms are available in the sale room and at the back of thecatalogue. These should be submitted in person, by mail or by fax no laterthan one hour prior to the scheduled start of the sale. The auctioneer willbid on your behalf up to the limit.</p><p>On the internet A fully-illustrated catalogue is available on-line Registered bidders may leave absentee bidsthrough the web site and will receive email confirmation of their bid.Freemans is not responsible for errors or failure to execute bids.</p><p>Payment is due within ten (10) working days of the sale. Lots purchased willnot be released until we have received full payment. Payment may be madein cash, by check, money order, or debit card. Payments by check must clearthe bank before goods will be released.</p><p>Deliveries will not be made during the time of the sale unless otherwiseindicated by the auctioneer. All items must be paid for and removed withinten (10) working days of the sale. Purchases not so removed may be turnedover to a licensed warehouse at the expense and risk of the purchaser.</p><p>Responsibility for packing, shipping and insurance shall be exclusively thatof the purchaser. Upon request, Freemans will provide the purchaser withnames of professional packers and shippers known to us.</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:19 AM Page 2</p></li><li><p>Rare thirteen-star AmericanRevolutionary Flag and </p><p>Confederate 2nd National Flag ofthe Louisiana Guard Battery</p><p>lots 1 &amp; 2</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/13/13 9:09 PM Page 3</p></li><li><p>star AmericanRevolutionary Flag</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:41 PM Page 4</p></li><li><p> 5</p><p>The Patton FamilyNot until its owner retired did he suspect he could have a treasure in hispossession. It was something that was passed on to him in the early 1960'swhen time and interest where in short supply. As the great-grandson ofMichael Patrick Patton (1870-1943), a draper and decorator of patriotic flagdisplays, he inherited a trunk kept in the family and forgotten for decades.An unusual flag was found among its contents. </p><p>Patton, born to John and Catherine Patton of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania,worked at the Cardington Mills, a cotton cloth factory at nearby Cobb'sCreek with most of his seven siblings. Their jobs included weaving, dying,piecing and picking, but at the time of his marriage to Julia Elizabeth Ruth in1892, he is listed as a weaver. In the early part of the last century, he becameinvolved in decorating buildings and large interiors such as those atPhiladelphias Frankford Arsenal.</p><p>In time, Pattons great-grandson recognized one of the trunks items as anAmerican flag, though not realizing its potential as an important piece of ourhistory. He then began in earnest to verify that it was, indeed, from the 18th-century. He first had it examined by S. Rabbit Goody, a nationally knowntextile historian. She concluded it was consistent both with 18th centurysewing practices and construction of that era. It was then examined by thethe major forensic lab McCrone Associates, Inc. whose 50 page reportstated that the materials are consistent with the late 18th century. Thepresent owner recently had it conserved and framed by a highly regardedtextile conservator.</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:41 PM Page 5</p></li><li><p>1Rare thirteen star American Revolutionary FlagHoist inscribed, "natt. ames. of england, march. 26 1784", Comprised of blue wool canton with thirteen 5-pointed cotton stars in a 4-5-4 pattern appliqued on both sides, thirteen white and red wool stripes,cotton hoist, all hand-sewn with linen thread.21 1/2 in. x 38 3/4 in.note:An analysis of the fiber and dye content of the flag materials and inkinscription on the hoist has been completed and accompanies this lot. Thered dye has been identified as cochineal and the blue dye as Prussian blue,both in common use in England and North America by the end of the 18thcentury. The inscription ink was identified as thin Oriental smoke black ink ina gelatin binder, probably mixed with sea water-also appropriate for the late18th century.$175,000-$250,000</p><p>This flag's unusual hand-written inscription is thought to have been made byNathaniel Ames (1761-1863), born in Killingly, Connecticut. He joined theNew London County Militia at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and, asa 17-year-old, helped in the building of Fort Griswold in Groton, Connecticut.He later joined the Connecticut Continental Army and served underWashington at Morristown during the harsh winter of 1780. Ames went onto join the crew of a 16-gun brig and privateer, Marquise de Lafayette, andtraveled to Holland and the West Indies, returning home in mid 1783. At theend of that year, Ames signed onto another merchant ship sailing toBermudathis time under an English captain. On the voyage home, the shipwas captured and taken to Bermuda where the crew was thrown in prisonfor three months. It is during this captivity that Ames most likely signed anddated the flag. It is also possible that he was impressed (forced to serve)onto a British ship for three more years at sea.</p><p>The flag itself is a wonderful revelation of science, history and geography.The red dye has been identified as cochineal, and the blue dye as Prussianblueboth in common use in England and North America by the end of the18th-century. The inscription ink was identified as thin Oriental smoke-blackink in a gelatin binder, probably mixed with sea wateralso appropriate forthe late 18th-century. An analysis of the fiber and dye content of the flagsmaterials and ink inscription on the hoist has been completed andaccompanies this lot.</p><p>Nathaniel Ames</p><p>Ames eventually became a farmer and Methodist minister in OneidaCounty, New York until the age of 75 when he then moved to a farm inWisconsin. This flag is accompanied by photocopies of Amess pensionrecords from the National Archives; correspondence relating to his years ofmilitary service; a number of accounts of his life, along with photographsand transcribed interviews with Ames from December 11, 1832 and June 28,1833, recounting his Revolutionary War service. Also included is aphotocopy of "A Sketch of the Life of Nathaniel Ames as Dictated by him,the R.P. Main , Oregon , Wis," and an article from The Saturday Globe,March 5, 1898. Nathaniel Ames died in Oregon, Wisconsin at the age of102, making him the last serving revolutionary war soldier.</p><p>From the hands of a Revolutionary War patriot and naval adventurer, to thepossession of a Delaware County weaver and draper, to its years ofimprisonment in a familys trunk, this unique emblem of the United Statesis now poised to begin a new chapter in its long and rather circuitous routethrough Freemans to a new home.</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:19 AM Page 6</p></li><li><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:19 AM Page 7</p></li><li><p>The Richmond Whig of August 18,1864 reports that this handsomebattle flag was presented to theLouisiana Guard Battery on August17th, 1864, through Professor AlexDimitry by New Orleans ladies nowresiding in our city. It was carrieduntil the end of the war. This is thethird flag of the Louisiana GuardBattery; the first was retired, and thesecond, captured in the battle ofRappahannock Ford, November 7,1863.According to tradition, the nightbefore General Robert E. Leessurrender at AppomattoxCourthouse, as artillery andaccoutrements were surrendered to</p><p>Federal troops, the color bearer,Private William C. Ahern of NewOrleans tore the flag from its staffand wrapped it around himselfunder his shirt. He successfully hidthe flag during the surrenderproceedings at Appomattox andduring troop transport to NewOrleans. Ahern continued to hidethe flag fearing confiscation duringthe Reconstruction years. Heeventually presented the flag to theConfederate Memorial LiterarySociety of Richmond, forerunner ofthe Museum of the Confederacy, in1916. The flag remained on displaythere until 1956.</p><p>Professor Alexander Dimitry (1805-1883).</p><p>Appomattox Court House, Virginia.</p><p>Confederate 2nd National Flag of the Louisiana Guard Battery</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:19 AM Page 8</p></li><li><p> 9</p><p>2 131218/1Confederate 2nd National Flag of the Louisiana Guard Batteryrichmond, va, 1864Faint hand-written inscription in ink on cotton hoist, Louisiana GuardBattery/ 19th a.c. Wm. C. Ahe..... the canton comprised of blue and redwool bunting, cotton twill tape and thirteen white cotton 5-pointed starsappliqued by hand, field of white wool, mounted and framed.53 1/2 in. x 67 1/4 in.provenance:Property from a Private Collection.Collection of Donald R. Thorpe.$75,000-125,000</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/13/13 3:58 PM Page 9</p></li><li><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:19 AM Page 10</p></li><li><p>SILVERlots 3-37</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:19 AM Page 11</p></li><li><p>Born in Scotland, Charles Macalester, Sr. (1765-1832) emigrated to the UnitedStates in 1786 and thereafter settled in Philadelphia. One of the leading merchanttraders of his day, Macalester later retired and entered into the world of finance,acting as President of the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, directorof the Bank of North America, founder of the Mariners Church of Philadelphia, andVice President of the St. Andrews Society.</p><p>Macalesters son, Charles A. Macalester, Jr. (1798-1873) was born in Philadelphiaand graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a well-knownbusinessman, broker, and leader in Philadelphia, having been appointed GovernmentDirector of the Second Bank of the United States and serving as President of the St.Andrews Society from 1864 until his death in 1873. An avid philanthropist, he founded many local organizations including</p><p>Philadelphia Presbyterian Hospital, MacalesterPresbyterian Church, and Macalester College inMinnesota. He acted as an advisor to eight U.S.presidents from Andrew Jackson through Ulysses S. Grant. </p><p>In 1850, Macalester purchased land and property alongthe Delaware River upon which to build his summer home,a riverfront mansion he named, Glengarry. An exampleof Victorian elegance and tradition, Glengarry served asthe sight of several events and gala affairs. Manyimportant heads of state and dignitaries traveled toGlengarry to be guests of Mr. Macalester and hisdaughter, Mrs. Lily Macalester Laughton, a renownedWashington hostess married to a Belgium diplomat.Today, Glengarry (now called Glen Foerd) is a historicmansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places.</p><p>3 131198/6Group of silver spoonsfrancis &amp; felix thibault,philadelphia, pa, early 19thcenturyComprising five tablespoons, eightteaspoons, and one salt/mustardspoon; together with one tablespoonby George Russell, Philadelphia, andone salt/mustard spoon by R. &amp; W.Wilson, Philadelphia, all engravedwith the Macalester clan coat-of-arms.Weight: 16 3/4 troy oz.provenance:Descended in the Macalester Familyto present owner.Complete provenance availableupon request.$800-1,200</p><p>Silver from the Macalester Family of Philadelphia</p><p>Glen Foerd Mansion, Philadelphia.</p><p>G13-14380_AmericanaTXT1-32_Layout 1 3/12/13 8:19 AM Page 12</p></li><li><p>5 131198/5Impressive silver centerpiece bowlthibault &amp; brothers (active 1810-1835), philadelphia, paOf urn form, the everted rim overlaidwith leaf and berry branches, issuingtwin-handles modeled as bountifulcornucopia bouquets, on steppedcircular pedestal foot with flowerand foliage die-rolled rim, the bodyengraved with the Macalester clancoat-of-arms.Diam: 14 1/2 in. Weight: 50 troy oz.provenance:Descended in the Macalester Familyto present owner.Complet...</p></li></ul>