A 13-Star Masthead or Commissioning Pennant from the Sloop Edith

second half 19th century

The wood hoist handle stenciled, "25" and inscribed in graphite, "Sloop Edith," the pennant with hand-sewn, double appliqued cotton stars on wool bunting, two hand-sewn, tapering wool bunting stripes.

L: 25 ft.

Estimate $8,000-12,000

Literature: Kevin Keim & Peter Keim, A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags (2007), accompanying fold-out.

Note: Two American sloops named Edith were commissioned in the late 19th century: one in New Orleans in 1878, and the other in Maryland in 1888.

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