Pewterers' banner

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Pewterers' banner
Pewterers' banner
Pewterers' banner
Title
Pewterers' banner
Date 
1788
Medium 
Silk, paint
Dimensions 
Frame: 92 x 120 x 2 3/4 in. (233.7 x 304.8 x 7 cm)
Description 
Painted silk banner with fringe on top, bottom, and right sides; painted American flag with 13 stars in upper left corner; pewterers' arms below flag, with two figures on either side of a shield and banner reading "SOLID AND PURE."; at right, painted image of interior of a pewterer's shop, with "SOCIETY of PEWTERERS" painted above shelf of three pewter objects; four figures at work making pewter objects.
Credit Line 
Gift of James S. Haring
Object Number 
1903.12
Marks 
painted: at top right: "The Federal Plan Most Solid & Secure/Americans Their Freedom Will Endure/All Art Shall Flourish in Columbia's Land/And All her Sons Join as One Social Band"painted: below shield: "SOLID AND PURE."painted: above shop image: "SOCIETY OF PEWTERERS"
Gallery Label 
This banner was carried by the Society of Pewterers of the City of New York in the Federal Procession of July 23, 1788, which celebrated the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. It is one of the only banners known to have survived from celebratory parades held in such cities as Baltimore, Charleston, Philadelphia, and Boston. The banner descended in the family of pewterer William J. Elsworth (1746-1814), who presumably carried the banner in the New York procession.
Bibliography 
Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group