Antique 13 Star Flag #15452
Authentic Antique 13 Star Flag. Rare large antique 13 star flag that is hand sewn. Made of wool with beautiful hand sewn linen stars. Has hand made leather tabs on the hoist that would have attached it to a staff. This flag dates to 1858 to 1865 era.
The 13 star flag is the most popular colonial flag. The flag became the official flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, which is now known as Flag Day. Once the independence was declared, the new United States desired to have its own flag. The Flag Resolution of 1777 on June 14th of that year was passed by congress. The Flag Resolution reads: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
The 13 star flag has variations in design with The Hopkinson flag and Betsy Ross flag being two of the most well known of the variations. Though this flag appears to be the Hopkinson flag, closer examination of the stars let’s you know otherwise. The Hopkinson flag differed in which the stars were 6 point as this flag has 5 point stars. This particular variation is known as the USS Ranger flag and is the first documented flag of the United States Navy.Other flags were flown by the Navy but this particular flag is the first to be documented for the U.S. Navy. The USS Ranger flag was first flown by Navy captain John Paul Jones on the USS Ranger on July 4, 1777.
The flag has museum framing and the frame is 68″ high and 80″ wide with UV acrylic.
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Please do not be intimated by dealers that have outrageous prices on their flags and say if any flags is sold for less than their (highly inflated prices) it can’t possibly be real. Really?…
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I have more experience on antique flags than most museum curators, auction house appraisers who may see only a few flags each year and most flag dealers sometime make erroneous statements and opinions on flags because of lack of experience.
Our in-house professional framers use only conservation framing methods used by museums. We only use acid free cotton rag mats and gas free materials along with safe ultra-clear UV acrylic. The UV acrylic is clearer than glass and unlike glass it will not break. Our flags are museum mounted using safe acid free hinges, which does not damage the flag in any way like sewing flags down does. The hinge mounting is completely reversible which is the prime focus to achieve in conservation framing.
Sewing a flag down as some framers and company’s do is very costly to the customer and can damage the flag. Sewing flags down is an out of date, old process that can and usually does damage the flag over time as it hangs in the frame. In some cases, sewing the flag down can cause irreparable damage and ruin your investment in the flag you purchased.
This is what happened to the Old Glory Flag in the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian conservators spent millions of dollars to repair and reverse the damage to the flag caused by sewing the historical flag down. Framers have used the sewing method in the past and some do now because they do not know any better and are stuck with a failed technology and the main reason is they make much more money from the customer by charging huge fees to sew a flag down. Time has proved sewing a flag down is damaging to the flag and very costly to the customer. Our mounting process is safe, cost effective and preserves the antique flag for generations to come.
We do all this and sell our flags at very reasonable prices unlike many dealers…
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