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Auction Description for Doyle New York: The Forster Flag
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Friday, April 4, 10am-5pm Saturday, April 5, 10am-5pm Sunday, April 6, Noon-5pm Monday, April 7, 10am-2pm And by appointment TRAVELING EXHIBITION: Boston, MA - Tuesday, March 18 Please call for details: 617-999-8254 Washington, DC - Thursday, March 20 Please call for details: 202-342-6100

The Forster Flag (1 Lot)

by Doyle New York

1 lot with images

April 9, 2014

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New York, NY, USA

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THE FORSTER FLAG  An American Revolutionary War era silk flag comprised of a field of fine red silk, a canton of numerous stitched l...

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Description: THE FORSTER FLAG An American Revolutionary War era silk flag comprised of a field of fine red silk, a canton of numerous stitched lengths of a differing red silk, and thirteen applied white stripes (six to the obverse and seven to the reverse). The Forster Flag has long been accompanied by a pair of tassels and an antique dress sash. Both are included in the lot. In a remarkable state of preservation with fresh original color, the Forster Flag has never been restored. Recently conserved and housed in an archival frame, some small stains and splits along folds remain. The flag is worn in predictable places indicating use, such the upper edge of the canton and along the hoist and fly, resulting in some losses to the extreme right edge and corners. The fly and hoist are made of the same fine, plain-weave, red silk. Hoist height: 58 inches (147 cm) Fly height: 61 inches (154 cm) Fly width: 63 inches (160 cm) The red portion of the canton is of a differing red silk. Canton height: 19 inches (48 cm) Canton width: 22 inches (55 cm) The white stripes are of a fine plain-weave silk similar to the fly and hoist. These pieces are imprecisely cut. White stripes' height: approximately 2 inches (5 cm) White stripes' width: approximately 5 ¾ inches (15 cm) Family History of Ownership: Samuel Forster (1739/40-1794), 1st Lieutenant, Manchester Company, Essex County Militia, Manchester, Massachusetts By descent to his son Israel Forster (1779-1863), also of Manchester, Massachusetts Further descended in the Forster and Knight family Acquired in 1975 by the Flag Heritage Foundation, Winchester, Massachusetts. The Forster Flag is now offered to benefit the Whitney Smith Flag Research Collection in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin which acquired the Flag Heritage Foundation Collection in 2013. C The Flag Heritage Foundation

Condition Report: Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Doyle New York shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.

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