Our Extra Toughs are perfect for those high wind areas where most flags will take a beating! Made using a 2-ply 100% polyester bunting; the open weave construction reduces wind resistance, increasing flag life. Each batch of fabric undergoes rigorous testing to ensure every flag has the highest tolerance to bleeding, fraying, and tearing. Our Extra Toughs have the same look and feel as a cotton flag, but with the added durability! All of our flags feature the lock stitch as opposed to chain stitching, which only adds to the strength of the polyester. Typical life of our Extra Toughs is between 10-12 months average; Eagle Mountain does advise that you take down your flag in bad weather conditions and if wind speeds reach over 30 mph. Our flag sizes range from 12” x 18” all the way to a 50’ x 80’!! All flags are Made in the USA!
This 3’ x 5’ American Flag features:
- Rich, Vivid Colors
- Mildew Resistant
- 2-Ply 100% Polyester
- Outlasts Nylon
- Withstands Wind, Sun, Dirt, and Moisture
- 10mph Wind for Full Lift
- Embroidered Stars
- Sewn Stripes
- 4 Rows of Lock Stitching on the Fly End
- 2 Rows of Lock Stitching on the Header
- Made in America
How to Choose a New American Flag
- If your American flag is faded or fraying or no longer presentable, it’s time for a new American flag.
- Quality. All of our cotton, nylon, and polyester American flags exceed Federal government GSPEC standards for American flag quality and durability.
- The right American flag material for the right job. Here are some examples,
- Visual aesthetics. Choose cotton American Flags for a great natural traditional look, perfect for flag displays and flag cases. We recommend cotton USA flags for flag case presentations unless the recipient has another preference, or if you already have a flag to place inside the flag case.
- Choose nylon American flags to fly your flag in the slightest breeze. Nylon US flags are the best flags for flying easily. Nylon flags can also be displayed in flag cases, giving a more modern, sleek, shiny appearance. Nylon US Flags may be more appealing to some children because they are shinier and reflect light from different angles.
- Polyester American Flags are the most rugged and durable. We recommend polyester American flags if your US Flag is to be flown regularly or flown in inclement weather. Polyester USA flags have an appearance and texture somewhat like cotton, but more durable.
- We also feature USA flags with gold-fringe to create an impressive ceremonial display indoors or for other special functions. United States Flags with gold fringe give an impressive air of official authority and ceremony. US Flags with gold fringe are often found.
The American Flag, also known as the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and the Star-Spangled Banner, consists of 50 stars on a blue a field with 13 stripes of red and white. The stars represent the 50 states of the United States of America. The 13 red and white stripes represent the 13 British colonies that declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. The Blue field, the color of the chief, signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice; the Red signifies the hardiness and valor where the White signifies purity and innocence. Old Glory was actually the nickname of a specific U.S. flag, namely, the one owned by sea captain William Driver. He was previously given the flag by the women in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, but he only named it Old Glory upon seeing it flying on his ship's mast in 1831. The name later went on to become synonymous with any American flag.
Flags have been used for many applications. Ranging from militaristic to decorative; the invention of the flag comes from a small region in China. Flags during BCE time were primarily used in warfare, being placed on walls of conquered forts and cities. A few nations, most notably the Indian and Chinese nations, flew them from chariots, elephants or horses. To touch the flag-bearer was a crime tandem to touching the king. The fall of a flag during battle meant defeat, if not confusion. Flags being held in such esteem during battles meant it was usually the first thing sought out and attacked. The royal flag was held to a higher standard than the flags carried into battle, meaning it didn’t see the battlefield and if it ever did the king and royal flag were kept separate; usually a general was entrusted with the royal flag during a battle like this. Early flags during this time were fairly basic, with a few devices being used, (tiger, hen, dragon, elephant, or bull) and colors, (white, scarlet, green, or black silk.) Many of these early flags had the same Standard (metal shape, symbol, or animal) as the device on the flag. Some standards were based on the “streamers” that they attached to the flagpole, for instance the Mongols attached yak tails’ as streamers to their flags; they later adopted the yak as their flagpole standard. Flag shape doesn’t seem to play the same role as it does in the European usages. As time went on the flag design evolved a bit and culturally migrated from its origin to Europe. In Europe, the flag was used to differentiate between families, towns, guilds, and military position or royal status; this was referred to as heraldry. The intricacy of flags rose to a tapestry level artwork. Some of these flags measured up to 60’ long!!
Even though the first American flag was pieced together with the fabrics available in the colonies, it wasn’t cotton that was always used. When asking a couple of friends and co-workers what the first flag was made of, you usually get the usual answer, “Cotton.” Early American flags utilized a combination of wool, cotton, linen or silk; whatever was available at the time. Wool was the most commonly used fabric for flags due to its superiority over cotton. Homemade American flags were made of fabric, but this was for those people that couldn’t just buy one. In 1865, President Lincoln signed a law stating that the Federal government was required to buy flag bunting from American manufacturers. The first synthetic dye was developed in 1856, so early Americans had to turn to natural dyes to make those red stripes and blue canton. Madder plant or the female cochineal was used for the red dye, which ironically was used to dye the red coats of the British Army. The blue used for the canton came from Dyer’s Woad or indigo.