Very rare Spanish American War period US Army Cavalry Guidon Swallowtail 45 Star Flag. Made of heavy weight cotton with treadle sewn edges. The Guidon is a military standard (flag) that a Company or Platoon sized unity would carry. A guidon can be rectangular but sometimes has a triangle portion removed on the fly end this is known as a swallowtail. It was done to make the flag fly through the air with much less resistance when traveling on a horse and last longer than a normal rectangle guidon. It is usually carried close to the unit commander (front or along side of) and can be called a “guide” flag or generals or commanders guide flag. The condition is fairly good as it has been well used in the field. It has several splits in the material from use. And it looks like the sleeve hoist was sewn closer to the flag as the original portion of the sleeve hoist wore through and needed repairing. Circa 1896 Rarity Rating: On our authentic antique American Flags. Rated on a scale of 1 to 10 10 being the most rare. This item rates a [ 7.5 ] For example, [ 1 ] Rated items are our lowest price items. [ 10 ] Rated items are rare and the highest price we offer. Please refer to item number when requesting info. Please email for price and shipping cost. Sizes are listed below the item number. Each flag comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. We only sell authentic genuine antique American Flags. All framed flags have high quality professional museum, framing, wood frames, all acid free, w/UV acrylic protection. Please refer to item number when requesting Pricing. Thank you for your interest. Shipping to 48 States only.
We use modern museum framing technology to frame our antique flags. Our in house professional framers use only conservation framing methods used by museums. We only use acid free and gas free materials along with safe ultra clear UV acrylic. Our flags are museum mounted using safe acid free hinges, which does not damage the flag in any way like sewing flags down does. The hinge mounting is completely reversible which is the prime focus to achieve in conservation framing.
Sewing a flag down as some framers and company’s do is very costly to the customer and can damage the flag. Sewing flags down is an out of date, old process that can and usually does damage the flag over time. In some cases sewing the flag down can cause irreparable damage and ruin your investment in the flag you purchased.
This is what happened to the Old Glory Flag in the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian conservators spent millions of dollars to repair and reverse the damage to the flag caused by sewing the historical flag down. Framers have used the sewing method in the past and some do now because they do not know any better and are stuck with a failed technology and the main reason is they make much more money from the customer by charging huge fees to sew a flag down. Time has proved sewing a flag down is damaging to the flag and very costly to the customer. Our mounting process is safe, cost effective and preserves the antique flag for generations to come.