|13 star American national parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton and affixed to its original staff. Made to celebrate our nation’s centennial of Independence in 1876, the flag has a medallion pattern canton that consists of a central star, surrounded by a wreath of eight stars, with a flanking star in each corner. This was a popular centennial design.
13 star flags have been used throughout our nation’s history for a variety of purposes. Among other uses, 13 star flags were carried by soldiers during the Mexican and Civil Wars and displayed at patriotic events, including Lafayette’s visit in 1825-26, the celebration of the Nation’s centennial in 1876, and the Sesquicentennial in 1926. The U.S. Navy used the 13 star count on small boats, not only in the 18th century, but throughout much or all of the 19th century, particularly the second half. The practice ended in 1916 following an executive order from President Woodrow Wilson. Some private ships used 13 star flags during the same period as the Navy, and the use of yachting ensigns with a wreath of 13 stars surrounding an anchor, which began in 1848, still persists today.
Mounting: The flag has been hand-stitched to its background, which is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The black fabric was washed and treated to reduce excess dye. The square molding is solid oak, dates to the period between 1890 and 1915, and retains its original black-painted surface. To this a gilded molding with a rippled profile was added as a liner. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass. Feel free to contact us for more details.
Condition: There is minor fabric loss along the hoist and there are a few pinprick-sized holes. The colors are strong and attractive.