FIELD-USED MEDICAL FLAG

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Item Code: 163-111

Flags like this can be tough to date, but the extra labor involved in constructing it by using a separate piece of fabric for the red cross that is then sewn into the center of the white ground, rather than simply coloring the insignia, points to a relatively early date. Our best guess is that it dates between 1890 and 1918. The army hospital department, which used the Geneva cross was established in 1886, and hospital stewards starting wearing chevrons with it in 1887 (though this changed for a time in 1901.) By the time we started gearing up for WW1, the need for mass production would point to a simpler means of construction.

This flag was obviously intended for field use at a small aid station and has seen active service. Three reinforcements were placed along the hoist to prevent it from tearing when flown and the fly edge shows just enough frayings as not to be unsightly for display, but make it very clear this saw use in the field.

It has been nicely framed for display and is ready to hang. It would make a great centerpiece in a field-medic or aid-station collection.  [ld]

Extra shipping charge may be required.  Frame contains plexiglass.

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