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    [George Washington]: Rare Replica Set of Five "Marital Alliance" Coat-of-Arms Stained Glass Panels. Five stained glass window panels, each measuring approximately 12" x 18", with suspension loop. They have the Washington Family coat-of-arms (three red stars over two horizontal bars on a white field) as a common component. The stars & stripes, or "bars" and "mullets", represent awards for participation and gallantry in combat after the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066. They 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 marriage 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. Other design elements, common to medieval design, populate the border. In no particular order, the set includes:

    1. "Wasshington and Light" (c. 1565).
    2 "Wasshington and Kytson" (c. 1495) including six fantastical heads (v-shaped crack in panel with three stars).
    3. "Wasshington and Newce" (c. 1567) including three grotesque, gargoyle-like heads (single vertical crack in panel with stars).
    4. "Wasshington and Pargetter" (c. 1539) with six gargoyle-like heads.
    5. "A Son of Wakelyn married a spinster of Wasshingto [sic]" (c. 1588).

    Historical Background:
    George Washington's family had its roots in England. Their ancestral home included "Washington Old Hall " in Durham and "Sulgrave Manor, in Sulgrave, Northamptonshire. The family purchased land in Sulgrave in 1539 and built Sulgrave Manor. The property was sold in 1656 when John Washington emigrated to Virginia. The spellings of the family name evolved over time and included de Wessyngton and Wasshington.

    It is believed an original set of seven panels was produced during this period in England. They were displayed at Sulgrave Manor before making their way to St. Mary's Church in Fawsley. The church owns five of the set, while the two remaining panels are in the Corning Glass Museum. Replica sets were made circa 1920, some with and some without the gargoyle heads. The census of these sets includes:

    1. Sulgrave Manor
    2. The "Sulgrave Wing" of the "Virginia House".
    3. Private home in Somerset County, New Jersey.
    4. The White House, presented to Calvin Coolidge as "a gift to the American people".
    5. The current set, acquired by the current consignor at an estate auction in England, designated the "Cotswald Farmhouse" set.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2021
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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