I originally believe I found my answer to the original question I posted but I find I still have questions.... I wanted to research the "Sons of Liberty" flag for the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party (12/16). I found that the vast majority of flags on the market are 13 horizontal stripes, similar to the Don't Tread on Me ensign but w/o the snake and words. Further research led me to discover a vertically oriented 9-stripe guitar attributed to the "Loyal (or Loyall) Nine" which I am lead to believe were 9 members of a secret political organization which evolved into the Sons of Liberty. The 13 stripe horizontal flag was supposedly used by Boston Merchant ships. I just wonder why the 13 stripe flag is so readily available and the 9 stripe is obscured in the deeper confines of history? Any one with a theory?