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13 star American national parade flag, printed on cotton, made sometime in the period between 1876 and 1898. This is a very rare size for the 13 star count in a printed flag. Most are very small (less than 10�). Before purchasing a small group of about eight of these flags some years ago, I had never before seen an example that bore any resemblance. The group was found in Canada, and were almost certainly made there for the American market, or made in the states for the Canadian market for an event where there was U.S. involvement. Whatever the case may be, other flags in the same exact style have since been found in Canada and Canadian manufacture would explain the scarcity.

One may note that there are 14 stripes, instead of the correct 13. Sometimes white space was left between parade flags, because they were printed on bolts like other textiles, in order that they may be clipped apart and tacked to sticks to wave at parades, patriotic and political events. Many flags would have been trimmed at general stores at the time that they were purchased, or at the actual event where they were given away as souvenirs.

13 star flags have been used throughout our Nation�s history for a variety of purposes. 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 of President Woodrow Wilson. Some private ships also 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 began in 1848, still persists today. Among other uses, 13 star flags were carried by soldiers during the Mexican and Civil Wars and were used at patriotic events, including Layfayette�s visit in 1825-26, the celebration of the Nation�s Centennial in 1876, and the Sesquicentennial in 1926.

Mounting: The flag has been stitched to 100% cotton rag mat and placed in a solid walnut frame, with a gilded liner, that dates to the period between 1870 and 1890. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is u.v. protective.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1876-1898
Condition: There is very minor foxing and staining, but there are no serious condition issues.
Measurements: flag: 14.5" x 24" frame: 22.5" x 31.75"
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Price: Sold
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