|13 STARS IN AN UNUSUAL PATTERN ON A RARE PAPER PARADE FLAG WITH ADVERTISING HOP BITTERS, PROBABLY DISTRIBUTED FOR THE 1876 CENTENNIAL
|Frame Size (H x L):
|11" x 14.5"
|Flag Size (H x L):
|4.5" x 8"
|Printed paper parade flag with advertising in the stripes that reads as follows:
Contains Hops, Bochu, Mandrake, and the Purest and Best
MEDICAL QUALITIES OF ALL OTHER BITTERS
They Cure all Diseases of the Stomach, Bowels, Blood, Liver, Kidney, and Urinary Organs,
Nevrvousness, Sleeplessness, Female Complaints & Drunkeness. $1,000 in Gold Will be paid for a case they will not help.
As your Druggist for Hop Bitters & Free Books, and try the Bitters before you Sleep. Take no other.
The canton contains 13 stars, tipped this way and that on their vertical axis, which may be viewed as either in a drawn square with elliptical sides, or as an octagon of stars flanked by a star in each corner, with a single star at the center. This is encircled by a billing for Hop Bitters that reads "The Great Appetizer."
Ample white space is left along the hoist so that the flag could be affixed to a wooden staff. Along the edge is endearing printed instructions that reads "Keep this for the Children."
This extremely rare piece of flag ephemera was probably distributed in the year of the 1876 centennial of American Independence.
Provenance: This flag was exhibited from June 14th – July 21st at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, in an exhibit entitled “A New Constellation,” curated by Jeff Bridgman. This was the first ever large scale exhibit of 13 star examples at a major museum.
Mounting: The paint-decorated molding has a gilded inner lip and dates to the period between 1840 and 1870. This is a pressure mount between 100% cotton twill, black in color, and U.V. protective Plexiglas. The black fabric was washed to reduce excess dye. An acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose.
Condition: Excellent for the period. There is a small lateral tear in the center at the hoist end and a couple of pinprick-sized holes and a light vertical fold mark in the center. The stripes may have faded. many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
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