Each flag will contain signatures, clues left in seams and stitching, as well as in the dyes and materials used. How did they knot it off? Everybody leaves a little trail of their work. Although the Old Glory textile project is just beginning, there have already been a couple of definitive conclusions. While the Peabody flag clearly dates to the same era as the larger Old Glory, it lacks the wear and tear of a seagoing flag. The fly edge is intact and not worn.
In fact it seems as if the flag was hardly flown. There are also baffling soil lines on the flag, and parts of it appear to be newer than others. The larger Old Glory has wear and tear consistent with seafaring. It was indeed made during the s and has all the earmarks of a heavily used naval flag. Its fly edge shows signs of wear, suggesting it spent a lot of time flapping in stiff winds.
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This does not mean the Peabody flag is illegitimate. Captain Driver would have had more than one flag: Ship captains carried ceremonial flags, storm flags and flags designed to be visible from very long distances.
The Peabody flag surely has a story in its own right. Paula Richter, curator for the Peabody Essex, is awaiting the outcome of the analysis before she offers an opinion.
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