I became a member in Feb. 2009. I was delighted to find this site. I have been trying to find out info about this old 38 star flag for a long time. I was only able to find out basic info and wanted more specifics on the age and use of the flag. Originally I didn't have any photos to send. So I wrote a detailed description. But I had troubled getting responses to my thread. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. So I decided to wait till I had some photos and try again. Here goes again, this time with pics. The flag is 7'8" x 11'8". It apppears to be made of wool bunting? The stars are hand cut, hand sewn and are double appliqued.The stripes appear to be tradle sewn? The hoist is a cotton sleeve with a hemp running through it. The hemp rope exits the hoist top & bottom, where it wraps around steel grommets. The hoist is sewn closed top & bottom where the rope exits. Is the sleeve type hoist and the type of grommets any indication as to the use of the flag and/or its age? I am thinking it is possibly a Naval flag. This would make sense, my Grandfather, Great & Great Great Granfathers were Navy. Also the double rows of stitching which run the length of the hoist. Do they have a clue as to the use, added strength? There is also a hoist hand sewn all the way across the top edge of the flag. This top hoist has eyelets or buttonholes spaced across the length of it. The top hoist appears to be a modification to the original flag. It's purpose is somewhat of a mystery? There aren't any markings or writing on the flag anywhere. There is one small design feature that might be of some help? A light blue dotted line on the back of the hoist which runs parallel to the two rows of stitching. The condition of the flag is very good overall. There are of couple stars that have small holes in them and a few small holes in the flag itself. The colors are good. The material seems to have thinned with age? Except for the modification to the top of the flag it seems to be in very good original condition. I thank you in advance for any assistance you can give me. I would really like to be able to find out the age, original use and value of the flag. My Father and Grandfather are no longer living to ask about the origin of the flag. Thank you very much for this wonderful resource, Newblue44 I have plenty more pics of the flag, but could only fit 5. If anyone needs to see more detail, please tell me. I will post more.