This is a vintage thirteen-star parade flag, made to celebrate the end of the Civil War. This flag is printed on muslin and offers a unique 13-star medallion star pattern. The pattern includes a large center star, encircled by a ring of eight stars, with four flanking stars surrounding the ring. The flag's design is completed with 13 alternating red and white stripes.
The original use of the thirteen-star flag dates to June 14, 1777, the time at which the Continental Congress adopted a resolution creating the first official flag. The resolution stated, “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Thirteen-star flags were official from 1777-1795, but maintain in use even today, especially to celebrate significant historical markers.
Small US Navy boats used thirteen stars as their ensign from 1795 until 1916. Thirteen-star flags were also flown at the time of George Washington’s death in 1799, in honor of General Lafayette’s return to the US for his nationwide tour in 1824, during the Mexican War in 1846-1848, and the Civil War in 1861-1865.
Printed flag on muslin, no waver stick. Very good condition, with no fading to stars or printed edges. Color still vibrant. On flag's verso is a small "B" penciled on the 8th stripe.
Flag is artfully and archivally presented, mounted on dark black acid-free linen and framed in a custom-built black and beaded gold frame. Framed dimensions: 7"H x 10"W x 1"D.