13 Star Antique Yacht Flag with Hand Sewn Stars and Anchor | Circa 1875-1890

13 Star Antique Yacht Flag - BONSELL | AMERICANA
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13 Star Antique Yacht Flag - BONSELL | AMERICANA
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13 Star Antique Yacht Flag with Hand Sewn Stars and Anchor | Circa 1875-1890

from 3,250.00

Frame Size (H x L): 34.5” x 44.5”
Flag Size (H x L): 23” x 35”

Offered is a thirteen-star yacht flag with a hand-sewn, single-appliqué anchor and stars.  A single-appliquéd flag is one that has stars sewn to just one side of the canton.  When this approach is used, the canton is cut-away from behind each star and then hemmed.  By doing this, the single piece of material used for each star can be seen on both sides of the flag.  The single-appliqué method is difficult to execute, but conserves material (likely the main reason for doing so) and reduces the weight to the flag.  Single-appliquéd flags are much rarer than double-appliquéd flags, and further they tend to have a more attractive, folksier appearance. 

Single-appliquéd flags generally date to 1890 and earlier, though Annin Company in New York may have used this method as late as 1910.  We estimate that this flag dates to between 1875 and 1890.  By 1890, many flag makers affixed stars using a lineal stitch, and by 1894, many had already transitioned to the zig-zag stitch, as its use provided the advantage of not having to fold the edges of the stars when sewing.

A yacht flag used in place of a traditional US flag on private pleasure craft in US waters.  Such flags include a canted anchor surrounded by a circular wreath of thirteen stars.  Prior to modern income tax laws, the federal government derived much of its revenue from tariffs and customs levied on foreign goods entering US harbors.  As the popularity of private yachting increased, customs officials were spending more and more time inspecting yachts that were not involved in commerce.  To alleviate this unnecessary burden, in 1848, Congress officially designated the use of the US yacht ensign for private vessels that were properly licensed by the Treasury Department.  Upon licensing and flying the US yacht ensign, private vessels could then enjoy the exemption from customs procedures. 

The US yacht ensign was never meant to replace the national ensign, but was rather meant to be used in addition to the standard national ensign, the yacht ensign being on the masthead and the national ensign being on the stern or gaff.  Due to their similarity, however, many private vessels use only the US yacht ensign.  The law enacted in 1848 was revoked in 1980.  Despite this, use of the US yacht ensign still continues today as a result of custom and its beauty.

The original use of the thirteen-star flag dates to June 14th, 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 have been in use ever since. 

Small US Navy boats used it as the ensign from 1795 until 1916.  Thirteen-star flags were also flown at the time of George Washington’s death in 1799 and to celebrate the nation’s 50th anniversary in 1824.  They were also flown in 1824 in honor of General Lafayette’s return to the US for his nationwide tour.  Celebrations for his Revolutionary War service were held in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, along with many locations in the southern and western states. 

Further, thirteen-star flags were also common during the Mexican War in 1846-1848 and the Civil War in 1861-1865.  They were both relatively close in time to the revolution, and were very patriotic times, particularly during the Civil War time period when flag use became much more common than had ever previously been the case.  Thirteen-star flags were also flown during the centennial celebrations, which were held across the country and, most notably, in Philadelphia at the Centennial International Exhibition. 

Conservation Process: This flag was hand sewn to silk organza, and both were hand sewn to cotton fabric.  The silk organza provides a strong layer of protection and a professional appearance.  The flag, the silk organza, and the cotton fabric were then hand sewn to a mounting board.  To prevent the black dye in the cotton fabric from seeping into the flag, it was first washed in a standard wash and then in a dye setting wash.  The flag is positioned behind a UV resistant acrylic, and spaced apart therefrom using spacers. 

Frame: This offering is in our Large Gold Frame.  However, it can be reframed and would look great using any one of our Large Frames, which are shown in the final image.  The pricing associated with the different framing options may vary.  Reframing of an offering may delay shipment by up to two weeks.        

Condition Report: This flag has mothing and staining throughout.  Many collectors prefer flags that show their age and use.

Collectability Level: The Best – Perfect for Advanced Collectors  
Date of Origin: 1875-1890
Number of Stars: 13
Associated War: The Indian Wars (1860-1890)  
Associated State: Original 13 Colonies
 

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