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Bedford Flag - 3 x 3.67 ft. Nylon Dyed - Outdoor-(USA Made)
The Bedford Flag is the oldest complete flag known in the United States. It was carried by Bedford Massachusetts Minuteman, Nathaniel Page, to the Concord Bridge on April 19, 1775, the beginning of the American Revolution. This flag was already old when used that day, since it had been made in the early 1700’s and used by a cavalry troop of the Massachusetts Bay militia in the French and Indian Wars. The unusual dimensions of this flag reflect the ratio of the original, which was close to but not quite square (the size and shape is typical of cavalry flags). The emblem shows an armored arm emerging from clouds and grasping a sword. Three cannonballs are shown in the air. Around the arm is a gold ribbon with Latin words “VINCE AUT MORIRE” (Conquer or Die).
This is an American made flag of our toughest, most durable nylon fabric. It has solid brass grommets. You won’t find nylon flags with higher tensile and tear strength, yet they fly very well in the wind. This flag has excellent strength retention under UV exposure, and high resistance to UV fading. The colors are deeper, brighter and last over time, due to the aniline dyeing process. There is a one inch double edge fold with four rows of stitching on the fly edge. It has 1 1/2 inch reinforced stitching vertically at the fly corners, and 3 1/2 inch reinforced hem stitching (horizontal) at top of bottom of the fly.