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Flag

Object Number: 
INV.11428a
Date: 
1900-1950
Medium: 
Wool, cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 1/2 x 62 1/4 in. ( 92.7 x 158.1 cm )
Marks: 
sewn: at center: "AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN"
Description: 
Reproduction machine-sewn wool ensign of the Massachussetts State Navy and of George Washington's armed vessels (ca. 1775); white field with a green cotton New England Pine Tree in the center; blue cotton inscription: "AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN."
Gallery Label: 
The inscription, "An Appeal to Heaven," on this flag was taken from the closing paragraph of the address of the Provincial Congress of Massachussetts, after the battle of Lexington. The address ended, "...appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free." No original of this type survives, but it appears in many mezzotints and illustrations of the period.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group