|13 star American national parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton and affixed to its original staff. Made to celebrate our Nation's centennial of Independence in 1876, the flag has a medallion pattern canton that consists of a large center star, surrounded by a wreath of eight stars, with a flanking star in each corner. This was a popular centennial design.
The most common size of these 13 star medallion pattern centennial parade flags was two by three inches on a six-inch staff. At two-and-a-half by four inches, this size is slightly larger and significantly scarcer.
This particular flag came with a typed note that reads:
"13 star flag found in an old clock that belonged to W.R. Foster County superintendent of schools (1907 to 1947) LaSalle County, Il. I bought it from an antique store in Utica. (about the 1950's for 25 cents--she didn't know the value of it)."
The note is unsigned. It doesn't add great value to the flag, but it is interesting to be able to trace a portion of its history.
13 star flags have been used throughout our nation�s history for a variety of purposes. Among other uses, 13 star flags were carried by soldiers during the Mexican and Civil Wars and displayed at patriotic events, including Lafayette�s visit in 1825-26, the celebration of the Nation's centennial in 1876, and the Sesquicentennial in 1926. The U.S. Navy used the 13 star count on small boats, not only in the 18th century, but throughout much or all of the 19th century, particularly the second half. The practice ended in 1916 following an executive order from President Woodrow Wilson. Some private ships used 13 star flags during the same period as the Navy, and the use of yachting ensigns with a wreath of 13 stars surrounding an anchor, which served as an official signal for bypassing customs between 1848 and 1980, persists today without an official purpose.
Mounting: The paint-decorated American molding dates to the period between 1910 and 1920. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% hemp fabric. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective. |
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
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||19th Century (1801-1900)|
||There is very minor foxing, but there are no significant condition issues.|
||Frame: 8" x 11.75" Flag: 2.5" x 4" x 7.75"
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