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           Star Spangled Banner                                                                                 Early American flags, prior to 1900, were often made with political
                                                                                                        candidates and slogans stitched onto the flag—they were basically
           Continued from Page 1                                                                                 advertisements. These flags bring premiums when they are
           An interesting feature of the 15-star flag, if you should ever                                          auctioned and collectors consider advertisement flags some of the
        own one, is that it had 15 stripes too.  Congress thought that                                                 rarest and "coolest" of all American flags. Since 1900, it is
        with the addition of each new state, a new stripe should also                                                       considered a desecration of the flag to use it for advertising
        be added, but that quickly proved ridiculous, so the flag                                                           or as a decoration.
        returned to 13 stripes on July 4, 1818 and has remained a                                                                       Prior to 1912, flags were made in any myriad size or
        13-stripe flag every since.                                                                                       star arrangement that suited the manufacturer. However,
           Besides looking for rare star numbers, collectors also seek                                                    in 1912,  President Taft issued an Executive Order defining
        flags sewn from rare materials. 18  century flags were made                                                       the flag’s proportions and arrangements of stars.  While this
        of wool, silk, or linen, which made them more valuable than                                                                     Order added dignity to Old Glory, it also lost some of
        the synthetic fibered flags of today.                                                                               the charm of old, unusual flags.
           Workmanship also determines value. For instance, a child’s                                                            Unusual starred flags are hard to come by and expensive.
        homemade flag from the 19  century is considered folk art,                                                  Recently on eBay an 1861, 34-star American flag was offered. It
        not true flag collecting; however, many collectors love to add folk                                       eventually sold for about $300. This was a Kansas flag since Kansas
        art flags to their collection.  American flag parasol, circa 1876 – 1900,                           joined the Union in 1861.  The 48-star flag bravely waved as America
           Sewing machines were not readily          sold at auction for $250.                      fought WWII—it was a 48-star flag that the Marines raised on Iwo Jima.
        available until after the Industrial                                      48-star flags are common and are a good starting flag for a novice collector.
        Revolution, around 1775, so collectors look for machine stitching in early flags. If a 13-  Today, along with actual flags, many collectors collect books, umbrellas, figurines,
        star flag has machine stitching, it was either made for the centennial or bicentennial,   photographs, jewelry and other items that have American flags in or on them.
        but it was certainly not made for the American Revolution.                Collectors most often use these items as accessory items to a flag collection.
           Collectors seek hand-stitched flags. Hand stitched seams and stars that are hand                                                                                                   Flags are an emotional
        stitched are most attractive and bring high dollars.                                                                                                                 item to collect. Not only does the
                                                                                                                                                                             collector own a bit of history,
                                                                                                                                                                             possibly related to politician or
                                                                                                                                                                             battle, but collectors also
                                                                                                                                                                             guarantee that the flag of the
                                                                                                                                                                             Untied States will endure,
                                                                                                                                                                             prompting people, generations
                                                                                                                                                                             from now, to ask, “O say,
                                                                                                                                                                             can you see, by the dawn’s early

                                                                                      1861 Kansas 34-star flag.
                                                                                      Sold on eBay for about $300.00.

                      Authentic 38-star flag made of wool, which dates to 1877.

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