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One-of-a-Kind Map from Battle at Goliad Coming to Heritage Auctions

Press Release - February 10, 2021

Rendering may be first published representation of any flag representing Texas Revolution


DALLAS, Texas (February 10, 2021) - The only known map of Col. James Fannin's troops at the Battle of Goliad and a pair of Delft tobacco jars given to Franklin Delano Roosevelt could bring $100,000 each in Heritage Auctions'Americana & Political Auction Feb. 27-28.

One of the earliest and most important contemporary printed records of the Texas Revolution, unseen since 1966, also could reach six figures. Fort Defiance: 1836 Joseph Chadwick Map of Col. James Fannin's Defenses at the Historic Site of the Battle of Goliad (estimate: $100,000+) was drawn by Fannin's adjutant, Joseph Chadwick and sent to Chadwick's mother shortly before the pair died. The story of the Texas Revolution became the stuff of legend, and the tragic massacre of Col. Fannin and some 400 of his men at Goliad was, along with the fall of the Alamo, one of the seminal events which rallied furious Texians and inspired them in their rout of General Santa Anna's army at San Jacinto. The map, published in 1836 by A. E. Baker in New York, remained in the hands of the Chadwick family for generations and was largely unknown to scholars. Its sole public appearance came in 1966, when the family allowed the original hand-drawn map and the published version offered here to be pictured in an American Heritage Magazine article discussing the relationship with his friend and mentor, Western artist George Catlin. The printed map left the family's possession at some later date; the whereabouts of the original hand-drawn map are unknown.

No other example of the printed map is known to Texas history scholars. It is not listed in Streeter's Bibliography of Texas or any other reference work. The extensive archives at the University of Texas include only an image taken from the American Heritage article (a copy of which is included with the map). Author and Texas historian Ron Tyler has suggested that the map's rarity indicates it was printed in very limited numbers for the Chadwick family.

'The significance of the Texas Revolution would be difficult to overstate, and the Battle of Goliad was a critical event that helped defeat Gen. Santa Anna, which was a significant step in the final outcome,' Heritage Auctions Historical Director Curtis Lindner said. 'To find a map like this, the only known printed copy, makes it an irreplaceable and important relic.'

A Rare Pair of Delft Jars Gifted by Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau to the 32nd U.S. president can be found in a period photograph, sitting atop the fireplace mantel at Top Cottage, on the Springwood family estate, one on each side of an oil painting of FDR. The jars are accompanied by a copy of the photo, as well as a signed 1977 letter of provenance from Elliott Roosevelt, the former president's son who inherited them. The Dutch earthenware tobacco jars, circa 1790-1800, stand 14 inches tall from the base to the top of the brass lid finial and measure approximately 9 inches across. The blue decoration features a displayed American eagle captioned 'Hetwapen van Amerika' (translation: 'The Coat of Arms of America').

A Rare Replica Set of Five 'Marital Alliance' Coat-of-Arms Stained Glass Panels (estimate: $50,000+) boast the (George) Washington Family coat-of-arms (three red stars over two horizontal bars on a white field) as a common component, with each panel measuring roughly 12 by 18 inches. The stars and stripes, or 'bars' and 'mullets,' represent awards for participation and gallantry in combat after the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066, and may also have served as inspiration for the design of the American flag which Betsy Ross made at Washington's behest. The panels were issued to commemorate the marriages of Washington Family members, forming alliances that would enhance the wealth and influence of each; the Washington coat-of-arms appears with that of the incoming family with a caption at the bottom specific to the event.

One of the most outstanding specimens of what certainly is the most iconic image to emerge from the American Civil War will find a new home when Charleston Mercury Broadside: 'The Union Is Dissolved' (estimate: $30,000+) crosses the auction block. This broadside commemorates the decision by South Carolina, just six weeks after Abraham Lincoln was elected President, to defy the outcome and secede from the Union; six other states followed suit shortly thereafter. The states opted to separate out of fear that Lincoln would interfere with slavery within their borders, despite his repeated declarations to the contrary.

An exceedingly rare set of Oval Office National and Presidential Seal Flags from President Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration (estimate: $30,000+) includes both the hand-embroidered 48-star Presidential Coat of Arms flag and the United States flag. The pair was displayed together in the White House Oval Office of President Dwight D. Eisenhower from Jan. 20, 1957 to July 4, 1959.

Interspersed throughout the auction is an extraordinary selection of 51 George Washington Inaugural buttons from the Donald G. Patrick Collection. Capturing the attention of collectors of Washington memorabilia as well as collectors of inaugural buttons, the trove is offered in individual lots for the buttons, many of which are brass or copper, with estimates ranging up to $6,000+.

Other top lots in the auction include, but are not limited to:

A James K. Polk and Texas: Exciting Pair of Mexican War Sheathed Bowie Knives with Impeccable Provenance (estimate: $20,000+)

The Famous 'Pony Express' Bible: One of a Handful of Surviving Examples of This Sought- After Item (estimate: $15,000+)

A William Howard Taft: Presidential Limousine Flag (estimate: $10,000+)

Andrew Jackson: An Important Original Oil Portrait by Ralph E. W. Earl (estimate: $10,000+)

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