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Flags/Vintage 48 Star 10' X 19' Annin & Co. USA Flag


Jeff ~

Could you please give a little insight or possibly recommend a reference source into this flag?  What would a flag this size have been used for?  Value?  
It is marked
10'X 19'
Danco Mfg. Div.
Annin & Co.

It has two medal rings for hanging. Made of wool. Stars appear to have been glued or taped on and then stitched.  It appears to be in excellent condition.

Thanks for your time and assistance.


Hi, Karen.

48 star flags were used between 1912 and 1959, a period not so long ago.  They were therefore produced throughout three wars (WWI, WWI, Korea) and during a time when we were highly industrialized.

Flag construction didn't change a whole lot during that period either, which can make dating them difficult.  They are not valuable enough to be studied heavily in that regard.  So basically it could have been produced at any time during the 1912-1959 era and, honestly, dating to 1912 vs. 1959 would make very little difference in terms of value.  Asthetics are more important.  Interesting specific history of its use would add value.  A circular star design or some odd and attractive graphic feature like this could change its value greatly.  But more than 99% of them are essentially garden variety with 6 rows of 8 stars.

A flag of this size could have been used on a large ship, a military garrison, or a building.  2 metal rings wouldn't be very sufficient for such a large flag, but sometimes they are much less durable in this regard than one might expect.  Given the 2 rings, I'd say that maritime use is most unlikely, but one may never know the real answer.
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Jeff Bridgman


I am an expert in antique American flags, particularly in Stars & Stripes flag, both printed and sewn varieties. I also have expertise in antique Confederate flags. I am not an expert in flag etiquette and flag laws, so please don't ask me questions concerning where and how to fly modern American flags. My particular focus is on the 19th century, when there basically were no laws or rules of formal etiquette.


I am the world's largest buyer and seller of antique flags. I also have 25 years of experience selling other early American textiles.

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