International Patriotic Pillow, WWI.

Sub-collection: Mastai - Early American Flags

International Patriotic Pillow Case featuring Flags of the Allies, WWI.
Patriotic Pillow Case featuring the International Flags of the Allies. This silk slip case features images of the flags of the nations opposed to the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire) featuring a large 48 star United States flag, surrounded by the flags of the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, and, France, with smaller flags representing, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Panama, Romania, England, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Brazil, Greece, Japan, Cuba, China and Portugal.

Patriotic items with flag themes were popular as souvenirs during the Great War. It is likely, due to the large size of the US flag, that this was made in the United States for sale both domestically and internationally, to honor the allies and the participation and ultimate victory in the First World War.

This item was formerly part of the acclaimed collection of noted antique dealer Mr. Boleslaw Mastai and his wife Marie-Louise d'Otrange Mastai, formerly of New York City, and later Amagansett, Long Island. Their collection was the result of fifty years of collecting, research and study by the late husband-wife team. Mastai started collecting in the mid 20th century and amassed to greatest private flag collection in the United States; which he detailed in his ground breaking book, The Stars and The Stripes; The American Flag from Birth of the Republic to the Present(published by Alfred Knopf, New York 1973). The work was hailed as a revelation of the American Flag as art and as social history.

Ex-Mastai piece, acquired at auction in 2005 from Early American Auctions, Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

ZFC Noteworthy Flag


Mastai, Boleslaw and Marie-Louise D'Otrange, The Stars and The Stripes: The American Flag as Art and as History from the Birth of the republic to the Present, Knopf, New York, 1973.

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 14
Length of Fly 20.5


Comments on Star Measurements 8-8-8-8-8-8 horizontal rows


Width of 1st Stripe 0.5
Width of 3rd Stripe 0.5
Width of 8th Stripe 0.5
Width of Last Stripe 0.5
Size of Hoist 0


Is it framed? no


Number of Stars 48
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? no


Number of Stripes 13
Color of Top Stripe Red
Color of Bottom Stripe Red
Has a Blood Stripe? no


Description of Crest/Emblem Five large flags, US. UK. Kingdom of Italy, Kingdom of Belgium, Republic of France and 16 other nations on a silk, ruffeled pillow case.


Fabric Silk


Type of Weave Plain


Comments on Method of Attachmen Pillow case


Applique Sides Single Faced = Mirror Image Reverse


All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.


Condition Good
Damage Used, worn.
Displayable yes


Date 1915