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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