Very rare Spanish American War period US Army Cavalry Guidon Swallowtail 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. Shipping by FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery.