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    Jordan B. Noble Owned Battle of New Orleans Presentation Flag: Originally Presented by the Ladies of New Orleans to Andrew Jackson.
    42" x 45" blue silk banner that, according to tradition, was originally presented by the Ladies of New Orleans to General Andrew Jackson commemorate his historic victory at the Battle of New Orleans. Jordan Noble, a 14-year old slave, was with Jackson and beat the call to arms for his 7th Regiment during the bloody battle that served to preserve the end of the War of 1812 and America's future. Noble quickly became viewed as a hero, known to all New Orleans as "The Drummer Boy of Chalmette". Years later, Jackson personally presented Noble a gold medal for his act. In recognition of his service, the banner was also ultimately presented to Noble and became his most-prized possession. Jordan Bankston Noble was a musician, a soldier, a patriot, and a statesman. Jordan later served in the Seminole War of 1836, the Mexican War and the Civil War. He served in the War of 1812, Seminole War of 1836, the Mexican War and the Civil War. He was active leader in many organizations designed to improve the condition of his fellow African American citizens and, throughout his life, publicly performed on his circa 1832 drum (offered elsewhere in this sale) when called upon.

    The flag has gold bullion fringe on three sides, seven whipped grommets with six silk ties and an embroidered laurel & oak leaf wreath in the middle. There is a faint outline of a five-pointed star above the wreath, evidence of an additional design element no longer present. There are two horizontal ribbons within the wreath inscribed "Andrew Jackson" and "1814 and 1815" as well as a printed testimonial to Noble, dated April 27, 1880, signed by two former governors, three generals and a commodore. The testimonial is attached to the flag by a loose sewing method that is different from the other sewn elements and is reported to have been attached to the flag by Noble after 1880. The flag has been backed with a support fabric and handsomely framed. It was sold by Noble's widow sometime before 1903 to Gaspar Cusachs who loaned it to the Louisiana State Museum. It has been exhibited at the Colonial Museum in New Orleans (1903), the Louisiana Purchase Exposition/St. Louis World's Fair (1904), the Louisiana State Museum (1909) and the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge (2006-2016).

    Provenance: The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, Louisiana State Museum, 1908-2016.




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    May, 2019
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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