Issue Date: 2009 DECEMBER, Posted On: 12/30/2009

12302009 Reader Provides Images of 1776 Commemorative Rug



Alexander Smith Bicentennial commemorative rug

Dear Rugnews.com:

We are happy to send you photographs of our "1776 Rug."  We got the rug back in 1976 from my late father who was a 56 year Mohasco employee.   We enjoyed the rugnews.com commentary on the Patriotic Rug tradition.

 Neil D. Ammerall

Label on the back of the 1776 rug

The rug label reads: A work of art, lasting commemoration of our inheritance. The eagle, proud emblem of our country, symbol of power, courage, freedom and immortality, stands majestically before the American flag. On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress declared that "the flag of the United States be 13 stripes alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 stars whit un a blue field representing a new constellation." General Washington is said to have described its symbolism: "we take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country...and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty." The Liberty Bell was rung on July 8, 1776 to herald the Declaration of Independence. It was cast by the British for their Pennsylvania Province, with the motto: "Proclaim Liberty throughout the land and unto the inhabitants thereof." It is said to have cracked when the bell was tolled for Chief Justice Marshall in 1835. An heirloom rug to display proudly. Made with 100% acrylic fiber pile.

ED NOTE: We are extremely grateful to Mr. Ammerall for kindly sharing these images with readers of Rugnews.com. To read the recent commentary on the 1776 rug, click here



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Reader Response:
Monday, January 04, 2010 1:39:52 PM by Bill Mitcheson
Unfortunately I did not have the money to buy one in 1976 but I found one at a carpet store in Lawrence, MA. I had a decent relationship with the owner and tried several times to purchase the rug from him, he would not sell it to me but when he passed away several years later he left it to me in his will.
I have the featured rug and three others from the 100th birthday celebration of the Statue of Liberty.
Unfortunately they have no collectors value and sit in storage in my office closet.

Bill Mitcheson
Thursday, January 07, 2010 12:07:43 PM by Bob Mitchell
I also have one of the 1776 rugs. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but I do remember that I thought it was fantastic and ordered it as soon as I saw it. Would like to comunicate with other readers who have one. I drag it out every year on the 4th of July and display it in my showroom.
Bob Mitchell
M and M Carpet Showroom
8572 Katy Freeway #101
Houston, Texas 77024
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 1:47:53 AM by pinerock
I inherited the exact same rug. Does anyone have an idea of what it is worth?
Saturday, June 25, 2011 10:12:36 PM by Eric Galler
My elementary school in Hillsdale, Michigan purchsed one of these rugs kids brought in coins to collect for it. When enough was raised, the rug was ordered and sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington as a gift for the Bicentennial. I was in 4th grade and had my picture taken with the rug on the front of the Hillsdale Daily News paper.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:19:01 PM by jerry
I purchased on of these rugs back in 1976 when first came out been out of the box 5 times does anyone have an idea of value?

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