Page Title: Sons of Liberty Flags : Rebellious Stripes

The Sons of Liberty was founded by Sam Adams as a response to The Stamp Act of 1765

Sons of Liberty Flags "Rebellious Stripes"

Nine Stripe, Representing the nine protesting colonies that participated in the Stamp Act Congress

Sons of Liberty Flag Click to enlarge

SEWN Nylon Stripes, heading & grommets

3x5' #H147 $89.00 Sons of Liberty Flag, 9 stripe




Sons of Liberty Flags

Thirteen Stripe 

Sons of Liberty Flag

 Sons of Liberty, 13 stripe3x5'

 Nylon, SEWN Stripes, heading & grommets

#H128 $69.00

4x6" 13 stripe Sons of Liberty desk flag with a base is priced on this page: Sons of Liberty Desk Flag

"The Constitution Flag"

Sons of Liberty Flags


Count the stripes. Oops. This flag was supposed to be nine Vertical stripes.

It is a mistake. It was never a real flag.


 The Constitution stated that when nine states ratified it, it would go into effect over those nine states.

New Hampshire was the ninth state. Call this the Constitution Ratification flag if you'd like.

I call it "The Constitution Flag"

Call it anything you like but call it only $4.95 for a swell nine stripe nylon flag with SEWN stripes, heading and grommets. Limited to the stock on hand

PS: The next time someone asks you how many original states we had maybe you should answer "9". Nine states gave us a nation. No other states were required. Once New Hampshire ratified, the process to elect a congress and a president had begun. If no other states had ratified, we would have had a nation of nine states.

As it was, the day George Washington was sworn in, we were a nation of 11 states, NOT 13. On that day, North Carolina and Rhode Island were independent republics. They had rejected The Constitution and were NOT part of the new United States of America.

Be the first one on your block to fly the the new "first flag of the United States". People will ask you what it means, and you'll get to tell the story.

By the way, George Washington is the only President to have been elected unanimously, twice! However, in the first election he only carried ten states. Why?

You already know now that North Carolina and Rhode Island were not part of the United States so they could not vote....

New York could not get its act together in time! Feuding factions could not agree on how to chose presidential electors and New York missed the deadline to take part in the election. Talk about voter suppression! New York suppressed its own vote.

Hey, New York's vote to approve The Declaration of Independence did not come through until July 19, 1776. We are the Great Late State of New York!

The next time you are at a dinner party, amaze your friends by asking "Who can tell me why not a single New Yorker voted for George Washington in the first Presidential election?" They'll think you are kidding but you'll get to tell the story.



Cotton Sons of Liberty Flags

All with sewn stripes

Custom Made: please confirm availability

Finished two ways:

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Heading and Grommets


Sleeve with tab

13 Stripe Cotton Sons of Liberty Flag

3x5' with heading and grommets

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13 Stripe Cotton Sons of Liberty Flag

3x5' with sleeve and tab

#H128CS Custom Made Please inquire



9 Stripe Cotton Sons of Liberty Flag

3x5' with heading and grommets

#H147C  Custom made to order. Please inquire




9 Stripe Cotton Sons of Liberty Flag

3x5' with sleeve and tab

#H147CS Custom made to order. Please inquire






"Hey Al, why do thirteen stripes cost less than nine stripes?" The 13 stripe version is mass produced from production run stripes that are made by the mile for the creation of 50 star American flags. It costs much less to produce. The nine stripe version is made one at a time by an American worker who sits there and sews it. Both are MADE IN USA.

So what is the deal with Sons of Liberty flags? Why are there two versions? As I look around the Internet, I find more explanations than you can shake a stick at. Some say that the nine stripe version came first. The nine stripes are variously explained. A common explanation is that they represent the nine colonies that attended the Stamp Act Congress of 1765. Alternatively, "The four white and five red stripes were symbolic of '45' the number of the pamphlet published in 1763 by the English civil-rights activist John Wilkes, whose influence on the American revolutionary movement was second only to Tom Paine's 'Common Sense.' ... Later, the symbolism of '9' came to apply to the nine states represented at the adoption of the Constitution on September 17, 1787 - and also the nine states which ratified it into existence." Source: Mastai, The Stars and the Stripes

Wikipedia says that the Sons of Liberty adopted the nine stripe version in 1767, when it was known as the "rebellious stripes flag", but that a thirteen stripe version also became associated with the Sons of Liberty.

I tell you what I have NEVER seen: An explanation how a secret organization even used a flag in the first place. I mean, if you are part of a secret underground organization do you fly its flag from your front door or enter a float in a parade? I don't think so.

So who were these guys anyway? Well, they were quite the rabble rousers. No shrinking violets they. Their methods of opposing the theft by their own British government of the civil liberties they possessed as free British citizens was not limited to essays, debates, committees and petitions. These guys would clean your clock. They would tar and feather, (a sometimes deadly procedure) they would tear your house down, they might raid your ships and dump your cargo into the harbor, burn your ship or duke it out with your king's troops. They planned and carried out the Boston Tea Party. Names associated with them include Paul Revere, Sam Adams, James Otis and even John Adams. All writings I see describe the group more as an association and movement rather than an organization as we know it with formal structure and membership cards.

All writers I have read describe these fellows as the radicals. They were very mad and they were not going to take it anymore. They seem to have been a movement more than a formal organization. They could call for action that was general enough for any supporter to call himself a son of liberty. As a result of their widespread opposition, The Stamp Act became unenforceable and was repealed in 1766.