Silk Hawaiian Parade Flag - 1893-1920’s
A rare example of a Hawaiian flag in this early period.
Hawaiian parade flag, printed on silk, made sometime in the period between 1893 and the 1920’s. Parade flags were affixed to wooden staffs and intended for hand-waving at parades and political events, as well as for other patriotic purposes. The Hawaiian flag took on this design in 1845 and this has effectively been its flag ever since, through the collapse of the monarchy of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893, through revolution, and into eventual statehood. In this regard, the flag represented the Kingdom, Protectorate, Republic, and Territory of Hawaii. It is the only U.S. state flag to feature the Union flag of the United Kingdom, a remnant of the period in Hawaiian history when it was associated with the British Empire.
In 1867 Hawaii began to exhibit at World’s Fairs, which probably resulted in the limited manufacture and distribution of Hawaiian flags of various sorts. Many international flags were displayed at such events. The fabric and style of the machine sewn binding suggest the mid-1890’s - 1920’s era. Two events in 1893 specifically offer a possible explanation for manufacture. It was in this year that the U.S.S. Boston participated in a political coup, serving both settler and American interests, which dismantled the authority of the indigenous Hawaiian Monarchy.
The Chicago World’s Fair, which had 27.5 million attendees, also took place in that same year with Hawaiian representation. This was the largest event of its kind to date in America, even outstripping the 1876 Centennial Expo, which attracted 8.2 million attendees.
Hawaii participated in other events over the next two-and-a-half decades, any of which may have called for the display of the Hawaiian parade flags, but so few of these pre-statehood examples have survived to the present day that the discover of one of this kind, especially a silk example, is particulary fortunate. Anything in a Hawaiian flag of this period is rare.
Condition: The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, that was washed to reduce excess dye. An acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat treated for the same purpose. Fabric of similar coloration was placed behid the flag for masking purposes. A sandwich mount was then employed to further support the textile. The modern molding has a traditional American profile and very dark brown, nearly black surface with red highlights. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic.
There is a signifcant lateral split running the length of the textile, but this was easily brought back together and stabalized during the mounting process and all of the original fabric is present. The colors are outstanding and the flag represents beautifully. Many of our clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Flag measures approximately 24”x16”
Full Frame measures 34” x 25.25” x 1.5”
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