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Although 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. Although 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.

See a Gallery of Rare 13 Star Patterned Flags. Star Count:  13

Dates:  c1895-1920

War Era:  None

Statehood:  Original Thirteen Colonies

Construction:  Wool and Cotton, Machine Stitched

Catalog Number:  IAS-00093

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