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  13 STARS IN A MEDALLION PATTERN ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG, MADE FOR THE 1876 CENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE; A LARGE EXAMPLE AMONG ITS COUNTERPARTS OF THE PERIOD

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): Approx. 16" x 13"
Flag Size (H x L): 9.5" x 5.75"
Description....:
13 star American national parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton. The stars are arranged in a medallion that consists of a large center star, surrounded by a wreath of eight stars, with a flanking star in each corner of the blue canton. This was a popular design at the time of the 100-year anniversary of our nation’s independence in 1876 and this flag was probably made for that purpose, but can also be seen on a much smaller number of flags made during the American Civil War (1861-65), and perhaps inbetween. While the size of the flag may seem small, it is actually larger than most of its counterparts with 13 stars that were made during this era.

13 star flags have been flown throughout our nation’s history for a variety of purposes. In addition to their use at the centennial, 13 star flag were hoisted at other patriotic events, including Lafayette’s visit in 1824-25, the sesquicentennial in 1926, and July 4th celebrations. 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.

Any American national flag that has previously been official, remains so today according to the flag acts, so 13 star flags were, and still are, official flags of the United States.

Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples.

The red-orange varnished molding dates to the late 19th century and retains its original varnished surface. To this a gilded liner of the same period was added. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass. Feel free to inquire for more details.

Condition: There is minor oxidation throughout, accompanied by modest soiling near the fly end of the flag and minor staining along the hoist. There is a minor imperfection in the weave of the cotton fabric in the center of the last two stripes. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 13
Earliest Date of Origin: 1876
Latest Date of Origin: 1876
State/Affiliation: 13 Original Colonies
War Association: 1866-1890 Indian Wars
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
 

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