Rarity connoisseurs show your affinity for the unique by capturing this 1910s Pittsburgh Pirates oversized felt pennant with “Pittsburgh” lettering in a kite shaped field. Similar in design to a known “skull & crossbones” rarity of the same period this singular specimen shows detail differences which command attention. Measuring just shy of 38” on the long edges, 36-1/2” across the middle and 14” on the short edge, this remarkable flag shows plenty of life and despite scattered moth holes, light soiling and two tears, remains solid and appealing. More on our website.
The black Pittsburgh letters are stitched to the gold kite shaped field which is framed in black. Curiously the black frame acts as matting on the upper and lower long sides, while the two separate pieces of gold and black material connect at the same level on the short ends of the "kite", trimmed with gold stitching. A larger gold letter “P” is sewn on in relief style at the left end. While similar in style to known Pirates' letters of the 1910s-1920s, this unique style is set apart by design elements on the upper loop. The outside right corners are squared at 45°, while the inside of the loop is rounded on the right and squared on the left. Research revealed letter Ps of the period with clipped corners inside and out of the upper loop as well as rounded inside and out, but no other examples with the squared outside and rounded inside were found. The black letter P of the word Pittsburgh is yet another variation with clipped outside corners and a full square interior, other examples of this type have been found to be concurrent with the period. The two tears are located at the left end and are both approximately 1” long and fairly unobtrusive. One set of tassels is firmly attached at bottom left, the upper set of tassels is absent. Enjoy this potentially one of a kind century old antique.