13 Star Flag on eBay

Discussion in 'Flag Identification and Collecting' started by NAVA1974, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    This 13 star flag on eBay (closing March 24) is not quite as old as the seller says. :(

    Antique Independence 1876 Centennial Flag 13 Stars - eBay (item 320672672379 end time Mar-24-11 17:44:40 PDT)

    The close-up photos clearly show that the stars are affixed by zig-zag machine stitching, a method that was not used on flags until the 1890's. Flags of the USA Centennial era (1876) typically had stars sewn on with straight machine stitching, although hand-sewn stars were also very common.

    Zig-zag stars on flags were patented in 1892 by an African-American but he lost his patent fight when the judge ruled that it was not a patentable process (in apparent disregard of what the United States Patent Office thought:eek:.)

    Here's another example of the same 1890's flag:
    13 Star Flag 1893 World's Columbian Exposition pattern | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    And here is an example of a Centennial era (or earlier) 13-star flag:
    13 Star Flag Hand Sewn Stars 1860's to 1870's | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Nick A.
    Columbia MD
  2. sanseven

    sanseven New Member

    thanks i'll have a look

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