My personal history detectives

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When I shared a photo my newly purchased flag last week, some of you spotted that it looks a little odd for a 48 star, and suspected it may be older. Well you were right! Inspecting it closer, three of the stars on the outer edge were hand stitched on, whereas the rest were machine stitched. Making the flag a 45 star dating from 1886-1908.

It had a few patches already, and I've been adding to it all week, I believe it's a woven wool, so it wasn't immune to moths. Can't wait to hang it up!

Thanks for your help, you guys are awesome!  


Sammi said...

Wow, that's amazing! Some of your readers must have much better eyes than I do. What a great find!

xox Sammi

Witchcrafted Life said...

How wonderfully cool! Three cheers for the stealth-eyed history sleuths who spotted that, and that your beautiful flag has held up so very well for being more than a century old.

Happiest St. Patrick's Day wishes, dear gal!

♥ Jessica

rebecca said...

How amazing! I had this once with a book I got in a charity shop thought it was repo but turned out to be a very looked after sewing book complete with patterns from 1936! It even had the slip with the ladies name who had attended a domestic sewing course with it. Tempted to track her down.
Love seeing your casual look could you do a post on vintage casual maybe pants/jeans?i find casual the hardest to do!!

Helen Le Caplain said...

Wow what an amazing piece of American history you've got there!


Sarah Dee said...

To me that's the most awesome thing about the internet! So many people gathering with a common interest to share their knowledge :) I love sharing my thrifted finds on IG so people can help me determine the age! (including you with those satin pants :)

x missdottidee.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

That is definitely one of the coolest things I've seen! Awesome find.

Jessie Lou said...

Oh my gosh that is so cool! Glad that you found that out!

Unknown said...

How cool is that? :D
By the way - you look so much like Eleven in these pictures ^^ love it

CraftyRetroRN said...

So cool! I have a 48 star flag from 1941 (it was a coffin flag for a soldier). It is one of my prized possessions! I hang it up in every place I've lived and if there was ever a fire in my house it would be one of my take with me items!!