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Object ID 1931.025
Object Name Flag
Collection Flags
Credit line Purchased By Public Subscription
Year Range from 1776
Year Range to 1777
Description Hand-stitched, plain weave silk militia flag that originally had a green field (now faded to a gold color). The field is undecorated. The canton consists of thirteen horizontal silk stripes of alternating red and white plain weave silk (seven red and six white stripes). The hoist edge is turned and stitched to create a pole sleeve. The 1" fringe along the fly edge was created by removing weft threads from the silk ground and then using a silk thread to whip stitch sections of the fringe. Two passementerie tassels made from interlaced green, blue, and yellow silk hang from green and gold silk cords secured to the upper corner of the pole sleeve.
Dimensions W-47.5 L-62 inches
Dimension Details flag dimensions; frame dimensions are 70 5/8" long x 56 1/2" wide x 3" deep.
Owned Captain William Dansey
Provenance Originally a Revolutionary War trophy captured by the English Captain William Dansey from a Delaware militia unit a few days before the Battle of the Brandywine on September 11, 1777. The flag returned to England with Dansey and remained in the Dansey family until it was put up for auction and purchased by the Delaware Historical Society by subscription in 1927. The Society also purchased a collection of William Dansey's original letters at the same time.
Subjects Flags
People Dansey, Captain William
Search Terms Dansey Flag
Revolutionary War
William Dansey
Battle of the Brandywine
Material Plain weave silk
Place of Origin Delaware
Event American Revolution