Page Title: Betsy Ross Flag:    Other Historical Flags

Betsy Ross GraveBetsy Ross Grave Click to enlarge images of Betsy Ross' grave at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia  

Betsy Ross Flag on the left is cotton with embroidered stars and sewn stripes

Made in USA

The upper left star is the embroidered star

The bottom star is a dyed star. (No longer available)

 

 

Flagpoles sold separately

Fished with canvas heading with brass grommets

Type

Size

Model #

Price

Cotton Flag with Embroidered Stars and Sewn Stripes

2x3'

BR23C

34.00

Cotton Flag with Embroidered Stars and Sewn Stripes

3x5'

BR35C

44.00

Cotton Flag with Embroidered Stars and Sewn Stripes

4x6'

BR46C

56.00

 

Nylon Betsy Ross Flag. These all have canvas heading and brass grommets

 Item #

Size 

Price 

#BR12ND

12x18" Dyed Stars and Stripes Betsy Ross Flag

$12

#BR23N 

2x3' Embroidered Stars, Sewn Stripes Betsy Ross Flag

$33

#BR35N

3x5' Embroidered Stars, Sewn Stripes Betsy Ross Flag

$45

#BR46N

4x6' Appliqu?d Stars, Sewn Stripes Betsy Ross Flag

$52

#BR58N

5x8' Appliqu?d Stars, Sewn Stripes Betsy Ross Flag

$83

 

 

Betsy Ross tea dyed flag

Betsy Ross "Tea Dyed" Cotton Flag: Timeless beauty. Old fashioned workmanship using an antiquing process for those wishing to recall another century. Real thick cotton fabric, embroidered stars. MADE IN USA

#BR35H $49.00 3x5' with canvas heading and brass grommets  Flagpoles sold separately

Tea Dyed embroidered Betsy Ross star

The Betsy Ross antiqued flag uses an off white embroidered star

Betsy Ross "Tea Dye" style antiqued version cotton flag showing a close up of the thick cotton fabric

 

#BR24H $46.00 21/2x4' finished with sleeve as a banner style flag  Flagpoles sold separately

   

 

 

Then, we have a 4x6" desk size Betsy Ross Desk flag on a 10" staff

Fine silk like quality. 4x6" flag on 10" spear tip staff. CAUTION: The tip is sharp. Use with adult supervision.

#UNIBET Betsy Ross Desk Flag shown with stand

Flag and base sold separately

Desk Flag Pricing

Stand Pricing

 

Betsy Ross Flag Lapel Pins #XPIN

Fine quality enameled metal with military clutch pin back

$4.00 Each Betsy Ross Pin

$2.50 Each for 12 or more

Approximate size is 1x1.5"

This pin is imported

Click image to enlarge

Betsy Ross Flag Lapel Pins #PINBRP

Nice quality economy plastic but with military clutch pin back

$.75 Each Betsy Ross Plastic Pin

$.50 Each for 12 or more

$.19 Each for 100 or more; we have only about 180 left

Approximate size is 1/2 x 3/4."

THIS IS A DISCONTINUED ITEM. QUANTITIES ARE LIMITED

This pin is MADE IN USA

 

 

Betsy Ross Desk Flags

Fine silk like quality. 8x12" flag on 18" spear tip wooden staff. CAUTION:The tip is sharp. Use with adult supervision.

Flag and base sold separately

Flag and base sold separately. Here are the prices for the flag by itself: #UNIBR8 Betsy Ross Desk Flag

12 or more flags (minimum quantity)

72 or more flags

$6.50 each

$5.25 each

 

Flag and base sold separately. Here are the prices for the base by itself: #112 One Hole Base

1 Base

12 or more bases 72 or more bases
$4.00 $3.50 each $3.25 each

 

Betsy Ross's Five Pointed Star, Elizabeth Claypoole, Quaker Flag Maker- A Historical Perspective by John Balderston Harker

166 pages extensive notes, index, genealogy, timeline, appendix; 32 pages of high quality color illustrations.

#BRB $25 Hardcover 8.8x7"

John Balderston Harker, a fifth-generation descendant of Betsy Ross, has produced a work that updates our understanding of the her involvement with the American flag. This book makes a very strong case in support of her role as our flag's creator.

The writing is compelling, the information brought forth is intriguing. The high quality print job, archival paper used and fine image reproduction make this book a joy to even hold.

 

The url for this page is http://flagguys.com/betsy.html

 

Betsy Ross Flag History

Flag expert Jeff Bridgeman  and other scholars dispute the Betsy Ross story:

"What we do know about colonial 13-star flags is that none have a circle of stars like the Betsy Ross design. There is a 1779-1780 painting of George Washington, by Charles Wilson Peale, that depicts, in the background, a flag with a perfect circle pattern of stars. This flag has a blue field and stars, but no stripes. It may be the only evidence in a painting that truly suggests that a circle-pattern flag may have existed in the Revolutionary period; yet it wasn?t a Stars and Stripes, and Peale may have taken some artistic liberty in its inclusion. Peale was known to be very detailed and keen on accuracy; but he made at least four copies of the painting prior to 1782, one of which shows the Battle of Trenton in the background instead of the Battle of Princeton, like the original. So he obviously wasn?t opposed to alterations. There are paintings of Revolutionary scenes by other artists that depict Stars and Stripes flags with perfect circle patterns, but these were painted in the 19th century and so cannot be trusted for their authenticity with respect to the star configurations. The American flag does not have a circle of stars on any of the early naval flag charts, where numerous designs are pictured.

There are colonial currencies that show a Stars and Stripes in the Betsy Ross pattern, but there are no actual flags. In fact, most people are shocked to learn that I have never seen or heard of an American flag with the Betsy Ross pattern of stars that was, with any degree of certainty, made before the 1890?s. And if the original was in this form, with so many 13-star flags existing from the 19th century, it stands to reason that the pattern would have been reproduced. The design is now believed by most scholars to be a creation of Betsy Ross?s grandchildren in the 1870-90 period. Ross?s nephew is first known to have statements about the design in Philadelphia in 1876, revealing the story of the making of the first flag and Betsy?s involvement. But most flag scholars today feel the story was a grand hoax, fabricated by Ross?s nephew, for his own interests. In the late 1890?s through the first decade of the 20th century, Betsy?s granddaughter and great granddaughter made flags in the East Wing of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, selling them to tourists and proliferating the same story. The Betsy Ross house was opened to the public and carried on the belief concerning her use of the circular design. In short, the story stuck and has subsequently appeared in more books than one can count.

Though Betsy did make early flags and there are receipts to prove it, most flag historians believe that Betsy did not even design or make the first flag. The credit is rather placed on one of our founding fathers,
Francis Hopkinson, native Philadelphian, Delegate to the Continental Congress, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hopkinson was a member of the Continental Navy Board in 1976, designed many pieces of artwork for Congress, and logic would suggest that he might have been given the task of designing the flag."

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

by Jeff Bridgman, 2006

 

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