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Catalog Number 1972.049.002
Description American Flag Banner, n.d. Flag is rectangular in shape with a very long horizontal length and short vertical length. It is made of 5 strips of red and white fabric that have been sewn together to create a striped pattern with red stripes on top and bottom edges. The strips on the left end are sewn on separately and are made of double dover fabric. Blue square sewn onto right end and has 48 stars printed on it in 6 rows of 8 stars. Looks to be machine sewn. Right edge has white border and a metal grommet on each corner with white, triangular patches sewn near them (for reinforcement?)
Object Name Bunting
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title American Flag Banner, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Provenance Original notes says "Used in the 1909 Portola Festival in San Francisco".
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-24 W-94.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Flags
United States
Subjects Flags