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Catalog Number 1972.051.001
Description California Republic Flag, n.d. Aged white, black, and red rectangular flag. The flag is dominantly white with 3.25in of red on the bottom. In the center of the white there is a bear approximately 10 x 16in. and script under it which reads "CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC" 3in. tall and 19in. wide. In the op left corner 1.5in down from the top edge and 3in. to the right of the left edge there is a 3.5 x 3.5in red star. The star, bear and writing, seems to be woodblock printed on to the white fabric.
Object Name Flag
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title California Republic Flag, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC". (bold black uppercase text in bottom center under the bear.)
Notes "Designed by William Todd (nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln), the historic flag was raised at Sonoma, California in 1846 by American settlers in revolt against Mexican rule (officially adopted as the state flag of California in 1911). The once common California grizzly bear (also offical state naimal) portras strength, the star represent sovereignty, the red color signifires courage, and the white background stands for purity." []
Dimensions H-22.5 W-35 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms California
Subjects California history
State flags