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Framed collage of artifacts relating to the U.S. National flag known as Old Glory and Captain Stephen Driver, who coined the phrase. Includes flag fragment, a carte de visite of Driver, a reprint of New York Herald masthead and article, reproduction print of the Capitol of Tennessee (Nashville), contemporary photo of the flag, contemporary printed story of Captain Driver, and a reproduction print of the Tennessee Capital Building. All paper items appear to be 20th century except for the Driver CDV, and are mounted in a giltwood frame with black linen matting and gold fillets. Exhibited Cheekwood Museum of Art, "Nashville Collects", circa 1990. Overall size framed is 23" x 36". Provenance: estate of A. Welling LaGrone Jr., Nashville, Tenn., purchased by him from Sykes & Flanders, Weare, NH. Documentation from that purchase states that the CDV and flag were acquired from a direct descendent of Captain Driver. Driver, a Salem, Mass. sea captain, is said to have been given the flag in 1831 before embarking on a round the world voyage, and was so impressed by the flag as it was hoisted and unfurled that he called it "Old Glory." The flag was used by Driver throughout his career at sea and taken with him when he retired to Nashville, Tennessee. When Gen. William Nelson's wing of the U.S. Army captured Nashville in 1862, Driver loaned it to the army to fly above the Tennessee State Capitol. After the Civil War, Driver had the flag repaired and, according to Sykes and Flanders, sent this fragment, and others, to his family in Salem. "Old Glory" remained in the possession of Driver's descendants until 1922 when it was installed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Condition: Flag fragment appears delicate but intact, all papers in good condition with minor discoloration. The grouping is in excellent condition overall.