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Connecticut Historical Society Celebration 1840

Classification: 
Date: 
1840
Medium: 
FABRIC
Dimensions: 
8 3/4 X 2 INCHES
Description: 
faded, stained, and frayed white ribbon with black text: CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, CELEBRATION 1840. and circular insignia with vines and banner SUSTINET QUI TRANSTULIT
Object Number: 
1840.6
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1840
eMuseum Object ID: 
63406
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Guest Ribbon to the Dedication of the Statue of Liberty

Classification: 
Date: 
1886
Medium: 
Textile
Dimensions: 
7 3/4 X 2 1/2 INCHES
Description: 
Blue ribbon with gold text, decorative top border, and fringe, center image of statue of liberty, text: DEDICATION OF THE BARTHOLDI STATUE OF LIBERTY, OCTOBER 28-1886, CITY OF NEW-YORK, GUEST
Object Number: 
1886.14
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1886
eMuseum Object ID: 
63403
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Commemorative French Revolution Ribbon

Classification: 
Date: 
1830
Medium: 
FABRIC
Dimensions: 
7 X 2 3/4 INCHES
Description: 
red, white, and blue ribbon with images of the Marquis de Lafayette with battle regalia behind two oval portrait busts; text: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION IN FRANCE, VIVE LA LIBERTE, 27TH, 28TH, AND 29TH JULY, 1830, CELEBRATED IN TEH CITY OF N. YORK NOV'R. 25TH, 1850
Object Number: 
inv.2883A
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1830
eMuseum Object ID: 
63402
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

WE MOURN

Classification: 
Medium: 
fabric
Dimensions: 
7 x 2 1/2 inches
Description: 
white ribbon with black imagery of a bow and fabric puff with text WE MOURN, associated with Lincoln?, Feb. 11, 1924 written in pencil on back
Object Number: 
Z.3580
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
63401
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Liberty Pole Dedication Ribbon

Classification: 
Date: 
1921
Dimensions: 
4 x 1 3/4 inches
Description: 
small white ribbon with blue text, "LIBERTY POLE DEDICATION, JUNE 14, 1921, N.Y.H.S. S.OF R." with two bottom points
Object Number: 
1921.122
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1921
eMuseum Object ID: 
63398
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

1776 Centennial Philadelphia Butcher's Parade, May 18th, 1876

Classification: 
Date: 
1876
Medium: 
Textile
Dimensions: 
5 x 2 1/4 inches
Description: 
Red ribbon with faded gold text, "1776 CENTENNIAL PHILADELPHIA BUTCHERS PARADE MAY 18TH, 1876" with image of two men
Object Number: 
1876.4
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1876
eMuseum Object ID: 
63394
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

American flag, 34-star

Classification: 
Date: 
1861
Medium: 
Linen and cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 x 34 in. (94 x 86.4 cm) frame: 40 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (40 1/2 x 37 1/2 in.)
Description: 
Linen and cotton hand-stitched 34-star flag with black ink inscriptions on three white stripes; first two stripes contain two verses of the English national anthem, with Chinese characters above; Edward Hopper's 1861 poem, "The Old Flag" inscribed on third white stripe.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the University of Hartford
Object Number: 
2007.3
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in black ink on three white stripes: God bless our native land, May Heaven's protecting hand, Still guard our shore, May peace her power extend, Foe be transformed to friend, And Freedom's rights depend, On war no more. And not this land alone, But be thy mercies known, From shore to shore; Lord make the nations see, That men should brothers be, And form one family, The wide world o'er. ["The Old Flag," 7th and last stanza] O God, our banner save! Make it for ages wave! God save our flag! Preser[v]e its honor pure, Unstained may it endure, And keep our freedom sure! God save our flag!
Gallery Label: 
This 34-star flag was made in 1861 by an American missionary in China, Samuel Ware Bonney (1815-1864), and inscribed in ink with a stanza of the patriotic poem "The Old Flag" and two stanzas of the English national anthem. According to a letter written by Bonney to the author of the poem, Reverend Edward Hopper (1816-1888), the flag was made aboard the boat that carried him and three British missionaries from Canton through the interior of China to Hankow, a port on the Yangtze River which had just opened to foreign trade and Christian missionaries. The 1200-mile trip took them through a portion of the Chinese Empire never seen by western eyes. After reading Edward Hopper's 1861 poem in the Christian Intelligencer, Bonney wrote to thank him for the moving verse and described the flag that it had inspired: "…with the assistance of a Chinese tailor, I made an American flag, hoisted it at the bow of our boats. It is the first American flag that has been carried through that part of China, and come into Hankow from the south. Have not American missionaries the right to carry their country's flag wherever they go? …It is the symbol of the most Christian nation on the face of the earth, with all due respect to Victoria, 'Defender of the Faith.'" Through the United States minister to Japan, Bonney sent the flag to Hopper in New York, and it was unfurled before the congregation of the Sabbath School of the Allen Street Presbyterian Church on November 18, 1866, where both men had studied. The flag remained in the Tompkins family, relatives of Rev. Hopper, until its donation to the University of Hartford. It was donated by the University to the New-York Historical Society in 2007.
Provenance: 
Reverend Samuel W. Bonney; to Reverend Edward Hopper (1816-1888); to Tompkins family, descendants of Rev. Hopper; to University of Hartford; to New-York Historical Society.
Date Begin: 
1861
Date End: 
1861
eMuseum Object ID: 
61662
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Napkin

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Linen
Dimensions: 
each approx.: 23 x 34 1/2 in. ( 58.4 x 87.6 cm )
Description: 
One from a set of seven linen damask table napkins with overall diamond pattern and geometric border.
Object Number: 
INV.14573g
Date Begin: 
1850
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
59658
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Napkin

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Linen
Dimensions: 
each approx.: 23 x 34 1/2 in. ( 58.4 x 87.6 cm )
Description: 
One from a set of seven linen damask table napkins with overall diamond pattern and geometric border.
Object Number: 
IVN.14573g
Date Begin: 
1850
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
59657
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Napkin

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Linen
Dimensions: 
each approx.: 23 x 34 1/2 in. ( 58.4 x 87.6 cm )
Description: 
One from a set of seven linen damask table napkins with overall diamond pattern and geometric border.
Object Number: 
INV.14573f
Date Begin: 
1850
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
59656
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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