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Catalog Number 1983.203
Description Captain H. J. Reilly Auxilliary United Spanish War Veterans Banner, 1926. Satin banner with decorative trim hangs from a brass-colored pole. The front of the banner is constructed with blue satin that is machine embroidered in a chain stitch with gold-colored lettering. Gold-colored trim that is 1" wide is sewn around the edges and 1.75" long twisted fringe hangs down from the bottom edge. The banner has a 11" x 29.5" satin flap attached to the top that has a scalloped lower edge. This piece is also decorated with gold-colored trim and fringe. Text on the banner from top to bottom reads, "CAPTAIN H. J. REILLY / AUXILIARY / UNITED SPANISH / WAR VETERANS / INSTITUTED AUG. 28, 1926 / REDWOOD CITY. / CALIF." An embroidered emblem in the center of the banner shows a white cross with yellow edging within a circular wreath of gold-colored leaves. A red star with eight points appears behind the cross and the points extend over the border of leaves. Within the cross, "NATIONAL * AUXILIARY / * U. S. W. V. * is embroidered with gold-colored thread inside a circular border that frames an image of two soldiers in a landscape who are holding rifles and stand on either side of a kneeling a female figure. The back of the banner is lined with green satin. The banner is sewn to four metal rings along the top edge, and a metal pole with a wooden core slides through the metal rings for hanging. A gold-colored cord is tied to the two outer rings at the top of the banner and hangs down on either side. Each end of the cord has a large gold-colored 1.25" diameter tassel.
Object Name Banner
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Captain H. J. Reilly Auxilliary United Spanish War Veterans Banner, 1926.
Date 1926
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "CAPTAIN H.J. REILLY / AUXILIARY / UNITED SPANISH / WAR VETERANS / INSTITUTED AUG. 28, 1926 / REDWOOD CITY. / CALIF." (embroidered text); "NATIONAL * AUXILIARY / * U. S. W. V. * " (embroidered in circular border around emblem at center)
Notes "The Spanish-American War (1898) was a conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. acquisition of territories in the western Pacific and Latin America." []

"The desire among those who served in the war with Spain to form assocations to perpetuate the memories of service life...were mustered out in 1898...In the movement to create a National Organization, there were different leaders in various localities and widely divergent opinions as to name, declarations of principles, forms and ceremonies and other matters, all of which resulted in the organization of three distinct National Societies which were termed "Spanish War Veterans," "Spanish-American War Veterans" and "Service Men of the Spanish War" []

'"THE UNITED SPANISH WAR VETERANS is an unique organization. No child can be born into it; no proclamation of President, edict of King or Czar can command admission; no university or institution of learning can issue a diploma authorizing its holder to enter; no act of Congress or Parliament secures recognition; the wealth of a Rockefeller or a Ford cannot purchase the position; its doors swing open only upon presentation of the bit of paper, torn, worn, begrimed though it may be, which certifies to an honorable discharge from the Army or Navy of the nation during the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, or the China Relief Expedition. And, unlike other associations, no "new blood" can come in; there are no growing ranks from which recruits can be drawn into the United Spanish War Veterans. With the consummation of peace through victory, its rolls were closed forever. Its line are steadily growing thinner, and the tramp of its column is with ever-lessening tread; the gaps in the picket line grow wider; day by day details are made from the reserve, summoned into the shadowy regions to return to touch elbows no more, until, by and by, only a solitary sentinel shall stand guard, waiting until the bugle call from beyond shall muster out the last Comrade of the United Spanish War Veterans." []
Dimensions H-47.5 W-31 D-2 inches
Dimension Details 41 x 29.125 x 0.125 (banner fabric pannel)
Medium Textile
Search Terms California
Subjects Banners
California history