This is a fragment of the Star-Spangled Banner, which was in the care of the Armistead family for 90 years. They occasionally gave away dozens of small pieces of the flag. The original flag is on display at our Museum of American History and turns 200 this year.
More about its construction: Why these colors don’t run: Dyeing the Star-Spangled Banner - O Say Can You See?
I’ve reblogged this about 80 times w/eIt’s a gif??? Omg so beautiful!!