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13 Star Antique American Parade Flag

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13 stars in a medallion pattern on an antique American parade flag, made for the 1876 centennial of American independence; an extremely scarce example with nice folk qualities 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. A variety of styles are known, with varying measurements and attributes, among which this one is very scarce. Likely produced for the centennial specifically, 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. The crude nature of the block printing results in a bubbled application in the blue canton. This results in the sort of of folk attributes that collectors of early Americana find attractive. Also of interest is the shape of the canton, which is square as opposed to rectangular, which makes it different than modern examples. This increases the visual impact of the beautiful star configuration. 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 1824-1825, 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 gilded American molding dates to the period between 1840 and 1870. The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass. Condition: In addition to the bubbled misprinting printing in the canton, described above, there is minor to modest foxing and staining, accompanied by minor fraying along the edges. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use. Measures: Frame size (H x L): 11" x 13" Flag size (H x L): 4" x 6".

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  • Dimensions
    H 11 in. x W 13 in. x D 2 in.H 27.94 cm x W 33.02 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    York County, PA
  • Seller Reference Number
    13j-1554
  • Reference Number
    LU849716040242
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