Black Betsy Ross Flag


Betsy Ross was a female American upholsterer based in Philadelphia. She is credited with making the first American flag in 1776, known today as the Betsy Ross flag. Like our current flag, the standard Betsy Ross flag has 13 alternating red-and-white stripes with stars in a field of blue in the upper left corner canton. It differs in that there are only thirteen stars, and they are arranged in a circle. These stars represent the 13 original colonies that fought for their independence during the American Revolutionary War.

  • Size: 3x5' heavyweight polyester (indoor / outdoor)
  • Double-sided construction (stars & stripes on both sides)
  • Embroidered stars
  • Black stitching for minimal contrast
  • Canvas header
  • Brass grommets
  • NOTE: To iron out creases from shipping, place a damp towel over sections of the flag and iron towel on the heat/steam setting.
What does a black Betsy Ross flag mean?

Black flags have historically been used to signify that no quarter will be given. When translated into modern language, this means that captured enemy combatants will be killed rather than taken prisoner. The US Military and specific Law Enforcement units also have been known to use subdued or muted color versions of the American flag. This is typically in situations where the visibility of the standard red, white and blue would be too stark of a contrast with the surroundings, potentially compromising safety in hostile environments.

Can I fly this flag behind my vehicle?

That's really not a good idea. Vehicle speed winds are comparable to a hurricane, and will more than likely cause the flag to fray or come apart.