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  48 STARS IN A RARE AND INTERESTING STEP-DOWN ROW DESIGN, ENTIRELY MADE BY TATTING

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L):
Flag Size (H x L): 7.5" x 12"
Description....:
48 star American national flag with a very whimsical step-down row configuration of stars. The construction is entirely of tatting, which is a form of intricate needlework that was particularly popular from the mid-teens through the nineteen twenties. The note how the beautiful snowflake-style stars were tatted into the open spaces that were purposely left for them in the canton.

Most likely the flag was either made during the great surge of patriotism that accompanied the first world war (1917-1918), or during the sesquicentennial (150-year) celebration of our nation's independence in 1926. The small size suggests that it was probably presented as a gift, maybe made by a loved one for a soldier, or was tacked to a stick and used as a parade flag, waved at some patriotic event.

Mounting: The flag is mounted but unframed. It has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color. The background fabric was washed and heat-treated to remove excess dye and an acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is u.v. protective.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
Flag Type: Sewn flag
Star Count: 48
Earliest Date of Origin: 1917
Latest Date of Origin: 1926
State/Affiliation: Arizona
War Association: WW 1
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
 

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