That's a big flag, and a gorgeous display piece. Unfortunately, without any identifying papers you'll probably only get $200 for it.
- Fact 1: Though designed during the American Revolution, the US flag wasn't adopted popularly until the outbreak of the Civil War nearly a hundred years later.
- Fact 2: Originally created as a naval ensign, the familiar stars-and-stripes design has evolved over time as more states joined the union. This 48-star version flew for 47 years until 1959.
- Fact 3: The Flag Resolution of 1777 declared the US flag as "thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.
- Fact 4: The creation of the first US flag remains undocumented, but popular legend credits either Betsy Ross or Rebecca Young with sewing it.
- Fact 5: The merchant vessel Empress of China arrived in Guangzhou, China with the new flag in 1785. Locals declared the flag "as beautiful as a flower," and many Chinese words for American items still use the characters for "flower flag."