DOUGLASS, Kan. – A 35-star American Flag folk art table from the James R. and Barbara A. Miller collection will be sold on September 7 by Woody Auction. It is nearly identical to an unsigned 13-star flag table that sold at Sotheby’s New York. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The table, made circa 1860s, is constructed of solid wood and features one three-compartment drawer that spans the full width of the table. Applied to the face of the drawer are two carved, bas-relief dueling pistols and a pyramid of ammunition. Inside the drawer is the signature “Made & Designed by F. Wedin, Roxbury,” presumably the Massachusetts piano maker from that time period.
The top of the table features a carved, inlaid and painted flag with a wavy edge. Its 35 stars symbolize West Virginia’s statehood, which was achived on June 20, 1863.
The table’s side supports resemble anchors, and the legs are formed like cannons. Ingeniously, the maker designed the cross braces in the shape of rifles, while the feet represent cannonballs.
“The workmanship of this piece is stunning,” said Woody auctioneer Jason Woody. “It really is a fine historical piece that I sincerely hope finds its way back to West Virginia.”
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