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ZFC3247

U.S. Army Cavalry Regimental Standard - 1904

Sub-collection: U.S. Military

U.S. Army Calvary Regimental Standard, M-1904, Schuylkill Arsenal.
In the 19th century each cavalry regiment of the U. S. Army carried a blue standard with a version of the coat of arms of the United States applied to its center including a unit designation on a red scroll. In 1885 the background color for US Cavalry standards was changed to golden yellow but the free-flying lifelike eagle in the US coat of arms was retained.

In 1904 the Army adopted a new rendition for the arms. The realistic eagle was replaced by a highly stylized "European" type heraldic eagle, based on the realization of the U.S. arms by Louis C. Tiffany, a design which continues to serve today. By the time the Army entered the 20th century, the regulations for embroidered devices were more heavily enforced. This color was specifically embroidered for the United States Cavalry at the US Quartermaster's Depot at Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia, PA. However, the unit designation has been left blank as this was an unissued flag. It is likely, given the flag's Philadelphia origins, that the flag was still in inventory until 1921 when the design of the scroll was changed, ultimately rendering the design obsolete.

Provenance:

Made at U.S Army Quartermaster Schuylkill Arsenal, Philadelphia, PA, circa. 1904.
Acquired in private sale from Dr. Rex Kessler, Philadelphia, PA, by Zaricor Flag Collection, 2009.



ZFC Significant Flag

Sources:



Madaus, Howard M.- Whitney Smith, The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord and Conflict, VZ Publications, Santa Cruz, 2006.

Haggard, John V. , Flag Making Tradition at the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, 10 October 2011, from: http://www.qmfound.com/Flag_Making_Philadelphia_Depot.htm

Quartermaster General US Army, U.S. Army Uniforms and Equipment, 1889, reprint, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1986, pp. 136-137.

USCS
CSG



Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 35.375
Length of Fly 46

Stars

Comments on Star Measurements 1-4-3-4-1 in glory

Stripes

Size of Hoist 2

Frame

Is it framed? no

Stars

Number of Stars 13
How are the stars embeded? Embroidered
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? yes

Stripes

Color of Top Stripe White
Color of Bottom Stripe White
Has a Blood Stripe? no
Comments on Stripes 13 stripes on arms shield.

Crest/Emblem

Description of Crest/Emblem Arms of the U.S.

Nationality

Nation Represented United States

Fabric

Fabric Silk

Stitching

Stitching Combination
Comments on Stitching Hand & Machine stitching

Weave

Type of Weave Plain

Attachment

Method of Attachment Sleeve

Applica

Applique Sides Double Sided = Two sides different

Condition

Condition Fair
Damage Unused, faded, but with water damage and fracturing on the field.
Displayable yes

Date

Date 1904-1926