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  13 STARS IN A SCARCE OVAL MEDALLION, 1861-1876

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 7.75" x 4.5"
Flag Size (H x L): 13" x 11"
Description....:
13 star parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton, probably made to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of our nation’s independence in 1876, though possibly as early as the American Civil War (1861-65). The wreath pattern canton, with a large center star and 4 flanking corner stars, was a popular design during the centennial celebration. Note how the wreath of this particular flag is significantly more oval than circular. This is the only 13 star parade flag variety I know of that bears this trait and it is a scarce example. While seemingly small, this is also one of the larger parade flag examples with 13 stars that were made during the 19th century. Note the crude quality of the printing, which lends a primitive quality that is particularly attractive. 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 in political 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 solid walnut molding has ebonized decoration, a gilded liner, and dates to the period between 1870 and 1890. 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 a small vertical split in the top of the canton toward the fly end. Otherwise excellent.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 13
Earliest Date of Origin: 1861
Latest Date of Origin: 1876
State/Affiliation: 13 Original Colonies
War Association: 1866-1890 Indian Wars
Price: SOLD
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