Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 9.25" x 6.25"
Flag Size (H x L): 2" x 3" on 6" staff
13 star American national parade flag, printed on oilcloth-like cotton, affixed to its original wooden staff. The flag was probably made sometime between 1910 and the 1926 sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of our nation's independence in 1926. The stars are arranged in a medallion pattern that consists of a single center star, surrounded by a wreath of eight stars, with a flanking star in each corner.

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 flag has been hand-stitched to 100% hemp fabric. The mount was then placed in a modern black molding with a wood grain that shows through and red highlights. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass.

Condition: There is light soiling, but there are no serious condition issues.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 13
Earliest Date of Origin: 1910
Latest Date of Origin: 1926
State/Affiliation: 13 Original Colonies
War Association: WW 1
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire

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