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New York State Battleflag Conditions

What do we know about the condition of New York’s Battle Flags?

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1997 view of crowded display case storing New York Battle Flags During the fall of 2000, conservators wrapped the flags in acid-free tissue to protectthem from light and dirt

Two views of a crowded display case in the New State Capitol: 1997 on the left and 2000 on the right. During the fall of 2000, conservators wrapped the flags in acid-free tissue to protect them from light and dirt.

framents of flagsThis 1998 photograph shows flag fragments and soils accumulating in the bottom of this case, illustrating the ongoing deterioration of the flags.
101st signal battalion guidon 111th NY volunteer Guidon

Cotton and wool flags (such as the 101st Signal Battalion‘s flag, left) are in better condition than silk flags (such as the 111th Regiment’s flag, right). Light damages silk at a much faster rate than cotton or wool. Silk fabric is finer and more susceptible to damage when used as a flag.

© NYS DMNA: Military History Museum: New York State Battleflag Conditions
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