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Catalog Number 1972.049.001
Description U.S. 48 Star Banner or Bunting, c. 1912-1959. Bunting is comprised of cotton or linen fabric and has a blue 16"x22" blue square with 48 white stars on one end. Extending from blue square are three red and two white (ecru) alternating stripes. A 19" section of stripes has been added to one end to extend the length. Piece is hemmed on three sides and has quilted canvas binding at the star end. Binding has 3/4" brass metal grommets in the corners.
Object Name Flag
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title U.S. 48 Star Banner or Bunting, c. 1912-1959
Date c. 1912-1959
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Provenance Original notes say "Used in the 1909 Portola Festival in San Francisco.", which possibly incorrect due to the flag being only 46 stars in 1909, and then 48 stars in 1912.
Notes "The earliest bunting was made in the early 1600s and seems to have been related to the flags used on a ship. On a navy ship, the sailor whose job it is to raise the flags is still referred to as a bunt. Bunting used to describe the material to make the flags - an individual triangular flag was called the tammy, a word derived from estamet, the French word meaning lightweight wool fabric. Over the centuries it has been used as a celebratory decoration at weddings and public events."
[ 3/1/2017]

"In 1912, two stars were added, representing Arizona and New Mexico, bringing the total number of stars to 48, arranged in 6 rows of 8 stars each. There were thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies." [ 3/1/2017]

Dimensions H-96 W-22 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Flags
United States
Subjects Flags