NEW YORK – Wave the flag for a patriotic salute to American ephemera, items that were intended to have a relatively short life span but remarkably have survived the ages. Jasper52 will conduct a Historical Americana Auction on Wednesday, July 10, that will reflect the historic events of the nation through these colorful objects. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
Ten flags are presented in the 187-lot auction including a 36-star U.S. flag (above) measuring 6 by 5 inches. The 36-star flag came about in 1864 with the admission of Nevada to the Union. It remained in use for just two years under the administration of President Andrew Johnson. This parade flag is estimated at $1,000-$1,200.
The coat of arms from the Great Seal of the United States is depicted on a hand-carved wooden gavel (below) that measures 11 inches long (est. $600-$700).
Three woven silk bookmarks picturing George Washington are depicted in a single lot estimated at $350-$400. The ribbons, which measure 8 by 2 ½ inches, are similar to ones sometimes awarded by schoolteachers to their pupils in the 19th century.
A photographic image on paper of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer with a printed caption noting his fateful command of the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876 (est. $300-$350).
Two hundred miles to the southeast of the Little Bighorn battlefield is Belle Fourche, S.D., where Jack Kelly owned a ranch on Rabbit Creek. An early 1900s photograph of cowboy Kelly on horseback is expected to wrangle $200-$250 at the Jasper52 auction.
A portrait Abraham Lincoln graces the cover of sheet music for a funeral march in the memory of the martyred president (est. $300-$350).
The Historical Americana Auction will begin Wednesday, July 10, at 9 p.m. Eastern time.