Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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Web ID: ws-133
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): 9" x 30.5"
Flag Size (H x L): 4" x 25.25"
Section of wide, silk, grosgrain ribbon, of the type often worn as a sash, in a deep, saturated shade of golden yellow, with printed, black, Roman letters that reads "Votes for Women." Made for the Suffragette movement, ribbon of this style was usually sold by length. Most often, in the States, segments with just one instance of the “Votes for Women” slogan are most often encountered. These were pinned diagonally across the breast, instead of wrapped all the way around, likely with the notion of frugality, and to have more ribbon distributed, so that more participants could display them in parades and rallies, or because this was less costly, or for both of the above reasons. Wrap-around sashes are rare, required a lot more fabric, as well as some stitching and the inclusion of a special, metal clip. Because this textile could be employed for whatever use the purchaser desired, sometimes it was undoubtedly affixed around a hat or worn as an armband.

Golden yellow was the customary color of the suffrage movement in America, a tradition began with the first actual campaign to give women the right to vote. This took place in 1867 in Kansas, the first state to hold a referendum on the issue, when suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Stanton focused their efforts there and wore sunflowers—the state flower—in a show of support, as well as yellow ribbons. The flower was an appropriate emblem for a rising sun and growth, which led to its use in other states, and the carryover of the color to many other objects of the campaign for years to come. In England, green, white, and purple / violet were introduced in 1908 and became the colors of the movement, which gave way to a nice acronym for “Give Women the Vote”, though various groups used these also in the States, sometimes substituting golden yellow for green. Some American groups distinguished themselves by the use of different colors.

Many of the sashes or sash ribbons I encounter in the States are violet and green, made specifically for the Women’s Political Union of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This color scheme is not only far and away more scarce, but graphically superior in my opinion, with tremendous color, in a beautifully saturated shade of golden yellow, that contrasts wonderfully with the white ground and black lettering.

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

The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color, that has been washed and treated for colorfastness. The mount was then placed in a modern molding with a step-down profile, with a finish that is very dark brown, nearly black, with red with a red undertones and highlights. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic (Plexiglas).

Condition: Exceptional, with only the most minor soiling and oxidation, almost not worth mention. A near “10” among its counterparts.
Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1910
Latest Date of Origin: 1915
State/Affiliation: New York
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