I’ve been communicating with Margaret R. from Washington, North Carolina, about an interesting old Gadsden flag she found in an antique store. We’ve been trying to estimate how old it is. Here’s an image:
And here’s a close-up:
The material certainly looks old to me, but the fact that the letters are printed and not sewn indicates to me that the flag probably isn’t pre-20th century.
But I’m no expert. Any experts out there?
Although it’s not Revolutionary-era, I find this intriguing. The Gadsden was not very common before the 1970s, when it enjoyed a bit of a revival. If this is pre-1970s, who was using it and when?
I’m also interested in the representation of the snake. This is slightly different than what we traditionally see. There is no grass beneath it and the snake is drawn a bit differently.