Liberty or Death: Relics from the American Revolution
June 6, 2013, Philadelphia--The Museum of the American Revolution is pleased to partner with Sotheby's New York to present Liberty or Death: Relics from the American Revolution. The exhibition features objects on loan from the Museum of the American Revolution's collection as well as items for sale by Sotheby's. Opening hours are Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5pm through June 28, 2013 excluding June 15, 16, 21 and 22.
"We are delighted to collaborate with Sotheby's to display these great treasures from our collection. Through this exhibition, people now have a rare opportunity to view these relics as they await display in the new Museum of the American Revolution," said Michael C. Quinn, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution.
Among the items from the Museum's collection that are now on display is the distinctive, thirteen-star, blue silk standard, circa 1777 - 1783 that marked the presence of the Commander-in-Chief on the battlefield and in headquarters. This rectangular standard has been known for more than a century as George Washington's Headquarters flag. It descended in the family of Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis, whose son George served as an officer in the Commander-in-Chief's guard.
Also on loan are two original silver camp cups from George Washington's military field equipment with commemorative inscriptions. The original set of twelve cups, used to serve wine to aides and guests at the General's table, were made in the shop of Philadelphia silversmith Edmund Milne in August 1777.
Sotheby's selling exhibition includes a rare contemporary printing of the Declaration of Independence, the official printing for Massachusetts Bay, and a fine and rare engraved powder horn from March 22, 1770, owned by Jonathan Leonard Jr. (February 17, 1763 - January 25, 1849), a soldier in the American Revolution. The unique phrase, "Britain to Washington Shall Yield, Freedom Shall Triumph in the Field," is engraved on the horn, paraphrased from the last verse of the highly popular song of the time, Great News from the Jerseys. Also included in the sale is the William Schuyler American horseman saber with figured maple grip, eagle pommel and original leather scabbard circa 1778 - 1790.
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