In this issue, in honor of Memorial Day, our May-June specials recall heroes of the American Revolution and the two World Wars. We take a nostalgic look back with Kennedy memorabilia dated May 19, 1962 to sing "Happy birthday, Mr. President." Our sale items this month also include images of the symbol of the American republic — the bald eagle — in a print by artist John Ruthven and in an early-20th-century embroidery.
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A Map of the United States at the Close of the Revolutionary War shows the boundaries of the new nation and locations of Native American tribes as of 1783. It was designed by artist Karl Smith in 1959 as a paper company promotion, and includes numerous illustrations. Regularly $525, sale price $475. More information.
The rich mezzotint Portrait of Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam was published in London in 1775, shortly after he led the American troops in the Battle of Bunker Hill, during which he is said to have given the famous command, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." Today eight US counties are named for him. Regularly $2,300, sale price $2,000. More information.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT
Program and ticket to President John F. Kennedy’s birthday celebration, a “gala all star show” held in New York’s Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, as a Democratic fundraiser. This is the event where Marilyn Monroe famously sang a sultry version of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” Regularly $1,250, sale price $,1,100. More information.
THE TRIUMPH OF A NEW ERA
Commemorative circular bronze plaque celebrating the end of World War I in 1918 by the American sculptor Mary Stoddert Winfield Mason. An allegorical female stands atop a down-turned cannon and blows a horn, a blazing sun filling the background — the emblem of the dawning of a new age of peace. Regularly $750, sale price $675. More information.
A fine realistic brass model of a single propeller military airplane — almost certainly a 1940s British Hawker Hurricane. It has a free-spinning propeller, and is mounted on a mahogany base chamfered on top and trimmed in brass, with a green felt rectangle in the center. Regularly $1,050, sale price $950. More information.
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE
This aquatint of the American Bald Eagle was produced after a watercolor by ornithological artist John Ruthven to commemorate the United States Bicentennial in 1976. Like many of Ruthven’s bird paintings, it presents a species that has been endangered. Thanks to conservation efforts, the bald eagle population has made a dramatic recovery over the past 30 years. Regularly $600, sale price $550. More information.
This American Eagle and Flag Embroidery is in the style of textiles produced by the George Washington Company of Yokohama, Japan. They marketed patriotic embroideries to American sailors as souvenirs from the 1880s to 1910s. Regularly $650, sale price $600. More information.