Printed, single ply polyester, 3x5 Gadsden flag. Designed by Christopher Gadsden, the Gadsden flag is often referred to as the 1st Marine Corps flag, because Gadsden was one of the three member Marine committee ordered by congress in October of 1775 to raise five companies of Marines to outfit the Man-of-War "Alfred" and its sister ships. It is generally accepted among historians that Gadsden presented the flag to Esek Hopkins, commander-in-chief of the Navy, and he flew it as his personal standard on the Alfred. The prevalence of rattlesnake imagery during the American Revolution is likely attributed to the fact that the rattlesnake could not be found in any other part of the world and displayed a unique courage that could be compared to the early American spirit. The rattlesnake never starts a fight and never surrenders once engaged. She never attacks without giving fair warning but strikes with a deadly result. The snake depicted on the flag has 13 rattles, representing the unity of the 13 colonies. One rattle by itself is incapable of producing a sound, but all 13 together would strike fear in the heart of the boldest of men. The Gadsden flag as well as other American revolutionary war era imagery has recently been revived to represent grassroots American resistance to the ever increasing size of government and its overreach. The artwork is visible on both sides of the flag and the lettering reads correctly from one side.
- One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
- Very light weight, polyester that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze.
- Bright colors
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Reinforced header with brass grommets
- Flag size: 3' x 5'