Page Title: Bennington Flag   SEE ALSO: Defiant Flags

All are made in USA; All have canvas heading and brass grommets

 

Bennington 4x6" Desk Size They are not shown but the pricing is the same as in the chart on our 4x6" page

 

Nylon Bennington Flags

Item Number Size Price Each
#BEN23N Nylon Bennington Flag, embroidered design, sewn stripes 2x3' $34.00
#BEN35N Nylon Bennington Flag embroidered design, sewn stripes 3x5' $47.00
#BEN46N Nylon Bennington Flag appliquéd design, sewn stripes 4x6' $69.00
#BEN58N Nylon Bennington Flag appliquéd design, sewn stripes 5x8' $89.00

 

Heavy Cotton Bennington Flags

Item Number Size Price Each
#BEN23C Heavy Cotton Bunting Bennington Flag Embroidered design, sewn stripes 2x3' $35.00
 

#BEN35C Heavy Cotton Bunting Bennington Flag, Embroidered design, sewn stripes

This is an embroidered star

 

 

3x5'

 

$46.00

 

 

#BEN46C Heavy Cotton Bunting Bennington Flag, appliquéd design, sewn stripes

 

 

 

4x6'

 

 

$64.00

Bennington Flag History- Mistakenly referred to by many as "The Bicentennial Flag" because of its popularity in 1976. The Bennington Museum in Bennington VT houses the flag. Oral tradition states that it flew at the Battle of Bennington in 1777. This tradition is now known to be a myth. The museum's fiber analysis of the flag in 1995 places its probable creation circa 1814 for use during the War of 1812. Revolutionary war veteran Nathaniel Fillmore may have been responsible for its creation. The "76" reference in the design would be an expression of his patriotic enthusiasm during the second war with England. It is the earliest known flag made entirely of cotton. While her exact origin may remain a riddle, The Bennington Flag is one of America's most beloved historical flags.

 

Jeff Bridgeman dates it much later: "This familiar design, much reproduced in 1976 for the Bicentennial, has an arch of 13 stars in its canton over the numerals “76”. Once thought to be the earliest surviving Stars & Stripes, it was proved by flag expert Grace Rogers Cooper of the Smithsonian, to be no earlier then the 1840’s. And I suspect that it is actually a centennial flag made with some 1840’s fabrics. In my experience with early Stars & Stripes, this would make much more sense, as similarities exist between the Bennington flag and other centennial designs, while I know of no flags with “76” in the canton or stripes made before 1876. Nor is the number “76” typically included in earlier textiles, whether of pieced construction or printed, homemade or otherwise."

An Article For “Focus”, The Semi-Annual Journal Of The Antiques Council, Winter 2006

by Jeff Bridgman, 2006

 

 

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