13 star American naval colour flag to make $175,000?

A rare 13 star American naval colour flag dating to the early 19th century will lead a sale at Freeman's in Philadelphia on November 13 with an estimate of $125,000-175,000.

The flag comes from the collection of Boneslaw Mastai, a pre-eminent collector of US flags. It features 13 stars arranged in to the shape of a larger star - a rare configuration.

Flag Freemans 13
The flag dates to the early 19th century


A 17 star naval colour flag, also circa the early 1800s, features with a $35,000-50,000 estimate.

It comes with a note that states: "This flag was hand sewed by the sailors of the USS Shandandore in the harbor of Rio Janeiro So. America when there were only 17 States in the Union."

We have this rare William Stone facsimile of the Declaration of Independence.

A rare iron and lead mechanical "coasting" money bank, featuring a baby sat atop a sled that slides down when a coin is placed in the slot, is offered with a valuation of $30,000-50,000.

Bailey Charles bank
Bailey designed a number of banks for J & E Stevens Co


The design is attributed to Charles A Bailey for J & E Stevens Co.

Previous examples of Bailey's work have achieved impressive figures at auction, with a mechanical angler coin bank making $250,000 against a $125,000-150,000 estimate at Morphy's in 2007 - a 66.6% increase.

A federal dwarf tall clock made from cherrywood is another notable lot, estimated to make $20,000-30,000. The clock is attributed to Levi Hutchins, the inventor of an early mechanical alarm clock.

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