POWER SQUADRONS ENSIGN, MADE BY ANNIN IN NEW YORK CITY, 1914-1920's: The Power Squadron of the Boston Yacht Club was formed in 1914. It was the first organization in the new sport of power boating and was dedicated to educating and training power boat pilots. In its early days, the Power Squadrons were instrumental in training boaters in maneuvering and other tactics necessary for military action. They trained many men who would become WWI naval officers. Post-WWI they branched out to all boaters and were less focused on military issues. The organization still exists today and has chapters across the U.S.. The Power Squadrons flag is a bold and colorful variation on the Stars and Stripes. It is specifically a variant of the 13 star flags with anchors that were designed for pleasure yachts in 1848, so that they could bypass customs without the inspection necessary for a trading vessel. The stars are made of cotton and are double-appliquéd (applied to both sides) with a zigzag machine stitch. The canton and stripes of the flag are made of wool bunting. There is a twill cotton binding along the hoist with two brass grommets. This flag was made by the Annin Company in New York City, as evidenced by the tag along the hoist that reads “High Grade; All Wool Bunting; The Name Annin [faded] Guarentees Quality.” Annin is our nation's eldest flag-maker that is still in business today. The company was founded in the 1830's, incorporated in 1847, and was located in New York until the 1960’s, when it moved to Verona, New Jersey. High grade was an Annin brand name and represented one of their best quality examples. This is an earlier Annin tag and the flag would have been made sometime between the founding of the Power Squadrons in 1914 and the 1920s. 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 over nearly 20 years have framed thousands of examples. Feel free to contact us for further information. The background is 100% hemp fabric or a hemp and cotton blend, ivory in color. The black-painted, hand-gilded, and distressed molding is Italian. The glazing is U.V. protective Plexiglas. Condition: There is moderate fabric loss from use in the bottom corner of the last stripe. Fabric of similar coloration was placed behind this during the mounting process. There is a minor hole and some fabric breakdown in the adjacent, white stripe, in the same location. There is minor soiling in the white cotton binding and stars. The label has significantly faded. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use. Frame size (H x L) 40.75" x 56" Flag size (H x L) 29.75" x 44.75".
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