the 3-2-3-2-3 star pattern, also known as the Francis
Hopkinson pattern, is one of the more common
configurations of 13 star flags, certain examples are
surprising their variations on the theme. This is
one such flag, a rarity which dates from the period
circa 1890-1920. The most striking feature is the
presence of a large center star, followed next by the
slight canting of each of the stars to the 11 o'clock
position. The effect is one that is both beautiful
and eye catching. The stars of the flag are made
of cotton and are stitched using a machine zigzag
stitching, though the stitching is crude, suggesting an
earlier date. Zigzag stitching was first patented
in 1892 by Mr. Henry Bowman.
the actual use for this flag is uncertain, it may have
been used as a maritime ensign and flown off of a
private yacht or boat. The presence of a large
Center Star on a 13
Star flag is a rarity, especially one of this pattern.
When they are seen on 13 star flags, they tend to be on
circular patterned flags, such as the 3rd Maryland
Pattern, rather than on a linear patterned flag.
The flag itself is yet another distinct and rare
variation of the 13 star flag, and as such, is deserving
of its place in the showcase of Rare Flags.