|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.
13 star flags have been flown throughout our nation’s history for a variety of purposes. They were hoisted at patriotic events, including Lafayette’s visit in 1825-26, the celebration of the nation's centennial in 1876, and the sesquicentennial in 1926. They were displayed during the Civil War, to reference past struggles for American liberty and victory over oppression, and were used by 19th century politicians while campaigning for the same reason. The U.S. Navy used the 13 star count on small boats until 1916, because it was easier to discern fewer stars at a distance on a small flag. Commercial flag-makers mirrored this practice and some private ships flew 13 star flags during the same period as the Navy. The use of yachting ensigns with a wreath of 13 stars surrounding a fouled anchor, which allowed pleasure boats to bypass customs between 1848 and 1980, persists today without an official purpose.
Mounting: The veneered mahogany molding dates to the last decade of the 19th century. This was married to a gilded liner of the 1860-1890 period. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% hemp fabric. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass.
Condition: There is moderate fading and pigment loss throughout. many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use. |
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
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||19th Century (1801-1900)|
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||Frame Size (H x L): 11" x 8" Flag Size (H x L): 2" x 3" on 8" staff
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