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For comparison, the shield on the arms of the Waldoboro Light Infantry Color signed and dated 1809 shows 17 stripes and the shield on the Thomaston Cavalry Color believed to have been made in 1799 shows 16 stripes. It should also be noted that these existing sources represent perhaps only a fraction of the total documentation that may have once existed. 150 Francis Bailey's Pocket Almanac of 1784 (detail)American; 1783; Original in the Library of Congress.
Both of these are the correct number for the dates given. Any conclusions drawn should be considered very preliminary and subject to further findings and analysis. Original is an engraved line drawing but is "heraldically hatched" to indicate color.
Also excluded are eight flags from Boleslaw Mastai's book claimed to be of this period without any discussion of their dating technique, specifically "Hancock and English" (pg. The data collected represents mainly American sources, 64%, while the balance are strictly European. Stars: 13 probably five-pointed W stars on a B canton arranged 4-5-4 (staggered).
The latter breaks down to 13% French, 8% British, 8% German, 5% Dutch and 3% Italian sources. 150 Sketch in the diary of Ezra Stiles (detail)American; 1783 Apr. Original is an ink line drawing over some faint pencil sketching. Stripes: 13 alternate dark and light, 7 dark and 6 light. 5 Beauvais Tapestry (detail)French; 1783; Original owned by the National Trust of Great Britain. Flag is folded at top in image and presumably there is a 13th W stripe at the top. 36 Carrington Bowles' Book of Flags (detail)British; 1783; Original at Brown University. Stars: 13 six-pointed W stars on a B canton arranged 3-2-3-2-3 (staggered).
Considering only the American sources, no source shows the stars arranged in 3-2-3-2-3 until 1782 (after the Revolutionary War). Stars: 13 four-pointed stars, W on B, arranged 3-2-3-2-3 (staggered). Stars: 13 six-pointed stars disposed around the arms of Pennsylvania, 3 and 3 on either side at the top, 2 and 2 in the center and 2 and 1 at the bottom, above the motto. Stars: 13 five-pointed W stars on a B canton arranged 3-3-3-3-1 (even with last star centered) plus one gold Fleur-di-lis at the center top of the canton.
Often inquiries to NAVA are made regarding the value or care of an "authentic" relic from the Revolutionary War. Stars: 13 multipointed (probably intended to be 5- or 6-pointed) dark on light, arranged in three rows of 5-5-3 (staggered) on one and 4-5-4 (staggered) on the other. The painting is too indistinct to determine the number of points on each star. The fall rendered the tank's on-board guns useless, and the injured men were trapped inside while the tank's metal armour endured constant assault from machine guns, sniper rifles, grenades, heavy artillery and even dynamite.The men survived by sharing their meagre rations and drinking water from the tank's radiator.The following was originally published in NAVA NEWS Number 167 (April-June 2000) with an addenda in NAVA NEWS Numbers 168 (July-September 2000), 178 (April-June 2003) and 188 (October-December 2005). Stars: 13 5-pointed dark on light, arranged in three rows of 5-4-4 (staggered). The stars have points of 7 and 8, apparently 8 seven-pointed and 5 eight-pointed. The 13 Stars and Stripes was born on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Continental Congress.