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"Don't Tread On Me"

Object Name: Flag
Date: 1880-1920
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Medium: Silk, wood
Dimensions: Part (Flag): 4 × 6 in. (10.2 × 15.2 cm) Part (Flagstaff): 11 in. × 1/4 in. (27.9 × 0.6 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Silk printed white flag with a coiled rattlesnake in the center; inscribed below: "DONT TREAD ON ME"; nailed to a black wood pole with a gold painted finial.
Credit Line: Charles M. Lefferts Collection
Object Number: INV.12269f
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Marks: printed: center: "DON'T TREAD ON ME"

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The "Don't Tread on Me" flags were the ensigns of the Southern States from 1776 to 1777.