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


  • American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts04/17/13



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    e arts Samuel T Freeman & Co. 1808 Chestnut Street Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103Tel-215.563.9275 Fax-215.563.8236

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  • American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts 04/17/13

    American Furniture, Folk & Decorative ArtsSale 1456

    Wednesday, April 17 at 10am



    Exhibitions:Friday, April 12 & Saturday, April 1310am to 5pm

    Sunday, April 1412pm to 5pm

    Monday, April 15 &Tuesday, April 1610am to 5pm

    Or by appointment

    Limited viewing morning of sale

    Catalogue: $32 (in the Gallery)

    Inside Front Cover: Lot 1 (detail)Inside Back Cover: Lot 248 (detail)

    Color images of every lot are available

    Bidding:Mallory Malkasian267.414.1207fax:

    Printing by Brilliant Studio

    Exton, Pennsylvania

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    Important Informationfor Buyers


    Buyers Premium

    Sales Tax

    Catalogue Descriptions



    Removal of Purchases

    Shipping and Packing

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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  • Rare thirteen-star AmericanRevolutionary Flag and

    Confederate 2nd National Flag ofthe Louisiana Guard Battery

    lots 1 & 2

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  • star AmericanRevolutionary Flag

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    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.

    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.

    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.

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  • 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

    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.

    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.

    Nathaniel Ames

    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 Rev