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ANTIQUE EMBROIDERED SAILOR'S SEA BAG|
Bag: 38 1/2 "x 22”
Width of each panel: 12"
Width at Top: 22"
at Bottom: 17"
Decorations: Flag Top
of pole to bottom: 7"
Anchor: 2" Tree
& Serpent: 3"
Presented is an early example of a sea bag possibly
dating as far back as 1795. It was made either ashore or at sea for a named seaman, out of linen panels and
hand sewn and hand embroidered. It is decorated with with traditional symbols of the period comprised of:
19 Star and 15 stripe American flag
Large ornate star medallion on the bottom
Tree and serpent - Adam & Eve
Numerous other stars
The embroidery is done in gold, navy and beige thread, and is
of exceptionally fine quality indicating a very accomplished artisan as shown by the star emblem on the bottom of the bag.
THE FLAG: The nineteen star, fifteen stripe flag
dates from 1795 when the number of stars and stripes were increased to reflect the entry of Kentucky and Vermont into the
Union. It is the style flag that flew at Fort Mc Henry in 1812 inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star
Spangled Banner“, now our national anthem. This arrangement was not changed until April, 1818 when the number of stars
was increased to twenty, and the number if stripes reduced to thirteen, honoring the original colonies.
19 Stars and 15 Stripes used from 1795 until
CONDITION:This piece is in excellent condition
for its age. It shows some inserted star embroidery over a worn area, and there is an abrasion next to the owner's
name. Mounted and framed, this would be a stunning folk art textile piece.
Owner's signature and abrasion to right
SAILOR'S NAME: The handwritten initials and the last name
on the bag are difficult to read, and we suggest two possibilities. Either S.B. Haywood or R.B. Raymond. It
is rare that the owner of a sea bag such as this is known so that some research as to who this person was will pay lasting
dividends and add appreciably to its value.
Major elements of design with more on bottom
After 1718, American linen quality improved greatly
due to over 100 Scotch-Irish families from Northern Ireland, a center for the production of fine linens, arriving
in North America bringing with them their important manufacturing skills. They made Londonderry, New Hampshire their
home, and the area developed into a center for American linen manufacturing in the 18th century.
A religious symbol dating back to early Christianity
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it may be returned within five days of receipt in its original packaging if without damage. Return items must be insured
for their full value. Only a prior email authorization from us for the return is required. Shipping charges are
included in this offer if an error is due to our fault.
International buyers welcome, but should inquire
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Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
SHIPPING, PACKING & INSURANCE to the 48 contiguous States $25.00
ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, or
personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No checks from overseas buyers, no credit cards or PayPal
accepted on this item.
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