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1859 Edition Book titled, "Poem on the Battle of Bunker Hill," by

Very Rare original 1859 edition of American Revolutionary War Patriotic Poem is fully titled, "The Battle of Bunker Hill. Or The Temple of Liberty; An Historic Poem in Four Cantons." Written by Colonel William Emmons, Boston, June 17, 1859. "Respectfully Dedicated to the Friends of national Liberty Throughout the World." Stated 10th Edition. This outstanding volume measures 5.25" x 7.75" and contains 144 pages plus an engraved frontispiece portrait of the Author. First published in 1839, this Epic Poem is both an ode to the patriotic spirit of the American people at the time of the Revolutionary War and a detailed telling of the events of the battle of Bunker Hill in poetic form. Also included is an appendix that features some of the important "articles from the journal of the Provincial Congress, relating to the early difficulties between the colonies and the mother country". The Author William Emmons was a Boston author and poet (originally from Kentucky) who wrote biographies of Martin Van Buren, and Richard M. Johnson, of Kentucky, both of which are now scarce. The original, Battle of Bunker Hill Epic Poem is bound its original, blind stamped, black cloth covers which are intact, sound and very attractive - clean and crisp but with chipping at the spine ends and light edge wear. The interior pages are complete, tight and very well preserved throughout. A very rare and wonderful, 1859 edition of American Revolutionary War Colonel William Emmons' Epic Poem on the Battle of Bunker Hill and a fantastic addition to any collectionRead more

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(DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE) c. 1825 Broadside Printed Upon White

This previously unreported Silk Printing of the Declaration of Independence measures 21.5" x 17.25" and includes its complete printed text. It is presented in an unusual paragraph form, with the printed names of the historic Declaration Signers at bottom. It has strong sharply printed black text upon a clean cream-color Silk. The boldly styled and printed title and header is in different font styles and has decorative designs, being partially in script form. The printed signatures of the Signers of the Declaration appear at the bottom, "John Hancock" being substantially larger than the rest, and it is offset toward the top right, above all of the other Signers. A variety of period typefaces have been used to highlight portions of the text. The printer's information appears in the bottom margin. There is no date of manufacture, yet is likely created to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which took place in 1826. This exceedingly rare specimen is Not Listed in the major reference "Threads of History," published by the Smithsonian Institution. Nor have any other examples appeared in "American Book Prices Current" going back over twenty years, though we have located just two other examples. Both the left and right side outer margin edges are lightly frayed with a few trivial outer edge splits to original to this silk. There are previous archival tabs on the blank reverse which stretch it over a piece of white foam board for display. It is in superior quality for its age and silk material with only a few faint folds and light creases. This silk is whole and solid having no major tears, thins or rips. Other than for some darker extreme outer edge tone, this Declaration of Independence has nice overall eye appeal. To our best knowledge, this impressive example has only before been twice offered. It is far more rare than it's other contemporaries, such as the (1818) "Tyler" Broadside; (1819) "Woodruff" Broadside; (1819) "Binns" Broadside; (c. 1820-25) "Huntington" Broadside; (1823) "Stone" Broadside; and even the popular (1848) Peter Force Broadside. Plus, this extreme rarity is printed upon delicate silk, not paper or vellum. The use of different fonts and type styles makes it particularly attractive in design. Knowing that this example is one of now only Three Known, and ranks as the very finest in quality as one is heavily pasted down, the other is stained with some splits. This historic Declaration of Independence is missing in virtually every collection.Read more

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ABRAHAM YATES, JR. (aka: "Mr. Albany"), (1724-1796). New York Revolutionary

June 1, 1780-Dated Revolutionary War, Autograph Letter Signed, "Abhm Yates Jun" (Junior), measuring about 8" x 9.75" on fine laid period paper, Very Fine. This historical document is a record of Abraham Yates' Congressional notes. Yates, at this time was a New York State Senator, and Acting Commissioner of the Continental Congress Loan Office of New York State. Here, Yates writes, in full: "The board of Treasury ordered to lay before Congress an Estimate of the sums necessary for the expenses of the year 1780 and of the interest and installments up to year 1789 on the Report of the Board of Treasury that bills of exchange Drawn for interest upon Loan office certificates if Not Eschebated or Protested Ought to be paid. Payment for consideration. --- New York 1 June 1780". (continued below...) " Sir --- The above are notes I made This morning in Congress -- The first agreed to the Last & Definenly (sic) was Started within the protest to be allowed and now must be allowed as on Bills protested - the interest is more in some states than in others. In New York & Pensilvania (sic) it is 20 per Cent. How it will be determined I know not - if it is and I think about it - I shall let you know. I have wrote yesterday to your Brother and so has the Committee. -- I enclose this news paper. -- I am well - I hope the family is so - I Remain Yours affy. --- (Signed) Abhm. Yates Jun". -- Docket on the blank reverse reads: "From Mr. Yates - 1 June 1783". Original notes on the activities of the Continental Congress Loan Office by one of its officers is extremely rare, even in note form.Read more

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c. 1840-50 "George Washington at Trenton" "Berlin Wool Work" Needlepoint

Illustrated type as shown on page 132 of "Threads of History" by Herbert Collins, published by the Smithsonian, Listed as Item 221. It is also illustrated in full color upon the Front Cover page of the book's original Jacket. This is an exceptional and highly important American made, original mid-19th Century, large "Berlin Wool Work" Needlepoint Portrait of George Washington. A Needlepoint golden wool legend below the portrait reading: "A Souvenir to Doctor Johnson, from the Orphans of St. Vincent's Asylum" (See more information presented online for this item, regarding the St. Vincent's Orphan Academy of Boston). This remarkable artwork measures 21.5" tall x 17.5" wide (by sight) and is handsomely, professionally matted and framed within a decorative gold painted wood and under archival Plexiglas to 28" tall x 24" wide (not examined out of frame). This outstanding Embroidered Textile is Berlin wool work is bright, bold and fresh in appearance, having rich colors and appears to be completely defect free. It has been obviously well preserved as an historic treasure by its prior owners and is of "Museum" quality, simply perfect for display. We have located another example, of somewhat larger design of this same item, located at "The George Washington University - Luther W. Brady Art Gallery - "Permanent Collection: Highlights." The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery maintains the University's permanent collection of artwork which includes important paintings, sculptures, graphics, textiles, ceramics, historic furnishings, and photographs. Their example is listed as follows: "Unidentified American Artist, "George Washington at Trenton" after painting by John Trumbull, mid-19th Century, Berlin Wool work cross-stitch, measuring 57" x 45" is located as part of the George Washington University Permanent Collection, Located in Gelman Library, Memorabilia Room." A handwritten note (no date) located on the back reads, in full: "Purchased Greenport, L. I. (New York) From Dave Cappel, Real Broker And Antiques. $5,500.00 - Bought 1st Hand From A University PUT.(?) Collection." Attached to a small print image of this item having a handwritten note below which reads, in part: "St. Vincent's Academy - Est. 1832 Boston, - Sister Betty Ann, Archivist..." The timeline and name fits this item, and this is the only previously researched information we have to share. In the 19th century, the widespread deterioration of needlework skills encouraged the proliferation of easy-to-execute embroideries, such as Berlin wool works. Their designs, which were originally published in Berlin, were copied by hand from paper patterns onto open mesh canvas or linen, and sewn by counting stitches. Berlin work was considered a Visually impressive needlework skill. This extraordinary specimen would be a wonderful addition to any quality George Washington or Historic Americana / Textile Collection and it is ready to immediately hang on display.Read more

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COLONEL THOMAS DAWES (1731-1809). Patriot who served as a Massachusetts

March 4, 1794-Dated Federal Period, Manuscript Document Signed, "Thos. Dawes" (as Builder/Architect) Town Of Boston, Choice Very Fine. This original Document is headed: "Town of Boston to Thomas Dawes," Boston, 1 page, measuring 8.25" x 7.25" being an invoice for work done by Dawes for Boston. The listed items for various amounts due are given in pounds and shillings. One entry is, "To building a back & pointing in the workhouse." He mentioned repairs done "in Mr. Whitwell's Room," and several repairs, "in the Hall." Docket written upon the blank reverse reads: "Thos Dawes Esqr - March 5, 1794". Expenses include mortar and brick and the help of another man and his "boy." Others include, "mending 6 backs of Chimneys front of the Kitchen Ovan... laying harth in the Hall... mending the brick work... & pointing in all the rooms" and "laying a new harth to the Kitchen Ovan." Thishistoric Document has fold splits with fine tape reinforcement upon the blank reverse. There are some minor edge chips at the right margin. A wonderful, historical Town of Boston Document made to one of its most important early noted Architect-Designer-Builder, Colonel Thomas Dawes. A major and highly prominent Boston figure, Dawes received a most Historic Engraved Silver Punch bowl made by Silversmith William Holmes, dated 1763 which is currently displayed within the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts: 10 h x 4 7/8" d x 5 1/4" (base) d x 9 7/8" (lip); wt: 32 oz, 17 1/2 dwt. This magnificent Silver Bowl is engraved with Dawes Family Arms in scroll and foliate cartouche, with drapery below on one side. The Inscription on other side, within engraved and bright-cut medallion with instruments of war and British flags, Reads: "The Gift / of the Field Officers and / Captains of the Regiment / of the Town of BOSTON. to / THOMAS DAWES Esqr / for his past Services as Ad- / jutant to said Re- / giment Sept. 13 / 1763." In addition, there is an important Portrait of Dawes, Painted by Gilbert Stuart, ca. 1806. Thomas Dawes (August 5, 1731 - January 2, 1809), was a Patriot who served as a Massachusetts militia colonel during the American Revolution and afterward assumed prominent positions in Massachusetts's government. His positions included state councilor, member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and representative in both the House and Senate. He ardently supported the Whigs, gaining infamy among Royalists; his house was raided by British Troops during the war. Later, he became active in politics, lived in a roomy house on Purchase Street beside John Adams, and worked as an architect and builder designing many notable buildings in Boston, including the Old Street House and the Brattle Street Church. He attended Old South Church in Deacon from 1786 until his death in 1809, and was a good friend of John Hancock.Read more

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