Sons of Liberty Rebel Horizontal Stripes Distressed Wall Flag
Fly the flag banned by the Crown that the “Tavern mongers, wharf rats, and other seedy characters looking to cause trouble” among the Sons of Liberty sported.
Accounts of the original banners are a bit sketchy. This was a secret organization after all, and flying the flag in public was a risky act that was bound to make it as good as a target for the Crown. But we do know the original flag was basically nine stripes vertically alternating in red and white. Or, as it turns out 13-stripe variants with snakes, teacups, and all sorts of other things on the flag. Likewise, red and white standards weren't even standardized. Some flags were green and white or even yellow and white.
Were the vertical stripes used to contrast or protest theBritish East India Company flag that had 13 horizontal stripes? Probably not. But it's not really clear.
We do know that the first American flag adopted by the Continental Congress, theGrand Union Flag, was based directly on the East India company. Honestly, it simplywasthe East India Company's flag, but slightly truncated. The British East India Company had complementary interests in ending the Stamp Act as the Sons of Liberty, so it could have even been a sly public relations gimmick to tie in powerful business interests. It's just conjecture, however.
Once the Crown outlawed the vertical rebel stripes altogether, the Sons of Liberty started using a horizontal version that had thirteen stripes just like the British East India Company's flag, so something was probably there. Though in truth, many of the flags may have been simply British Red Ensigns defaced in protest as contemporary accounts make that all too possible.
Whatever the case, the Sons of Liberty Rebel Stripes Flag is a
Brighten up your space by adding this unique flag to your wall. Your flag won’t crease or shrink thanks to the polyester material and will last a long time. Measures 56" x 34.5". One-sided print. Printed in the USA. Materials imported from Israel.
• 100% polyester • Knitted fabric • Fabric weight: 4.42 oz/yd² (150 g/m²) • Print on one side • Blank reverse side • 2 iron grommets