Flags/valley forge flag
i have aquired a valley forge flag ensign number 7 it was from a cousin who drowned while in nthe navy in 1948 it is embroiders stars?? can you tell me anything abt it it is more sentimentel than monitary value but would like to know if i should insure it? thnak you
The 48 star flag became official on July 4th, 1912 and remained so until July 3rd, 1859. It was therefore our national flag during 3 major wars: WWI (U.S. involvement 1917-18), WWI (U.S. involvement 1941-45) and the Korean War (1950-53). We were highly industrialized by this period of course and commercial flag production was done entirely by machine. The quantity made throughout this 47-year time frame was massive.
Before 1912 there was no official star pattern for the American national flag. In 1912 President Howard Taft passed an executive order that created, for the first time, an official star configuration. This consisted of 6 justified rows of 8 stars. Taft's order also dictated such things as the shape of the stars (5-pointed), the shades of red and blue, and the flag's proportions. Flag collectors prefer unusual star patterns and interesting graphics that are not typically seen on 48 stars flags, most all of which conform to Taft's order, are plain and ordinary.
It is for this reason that most 48 star flags are common and thus lack significant value as antiques.
That having been said, there are some 48 star flags that are valuable. These include, for example, flags that have interesting specific history that can be widely appreciated and flags that are highly unusual with interesting graphics, such as circular star patterns, flags with 8-pointed stars, etc.
Valley Forge Flag Company evolved from a firm that opened its doors in 1882, but the company didn't make flags until almost 40 years later. The Valley Forge brand name began use during the Depression, but most all of the Valley Forge flags I see are WWII or after--usually after. They are very common, so whenever I see their tags I instinctively move on to the next flag because more often than not their label is usually synonymous with the words "relatively new" and "not an antique".