Superknit Polyester, 3×5 Gadsden flag. Designed by Christopher Gadsden, the Gadsden flag has been referred to as the 1st Marine Corps flag, because Gadsden was a member of the three man Marine committee assembled by congress in October of 1775 to raise five companies of Marines to man the warship “Alfred” and its sister ships. It is generally believed by most historians that Gadsden presented the flag to Esek Hopkins, who was the 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 attributable to the fact that rattlesnakes were only found in North America and displayed a unique courage that could be compared to the early American spirit. The rattlesnake never starts a fight and will not surrender once engaged. She never attacks without giving ample 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 overreach thereof.
Superknit polyester is a silky, smooth, knitted polyester fabric with a slight amount of elasticity for greater longevity against the wind. It offers excellent durability for the price. The artwork is visable on both sides and the lettering reads correctly on one side.
- One solid piece of printed and hemmed fabric
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Brilliant, bright color
- Flag Size 3′ x 5′
*Flagpole not included.