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Master Contract 00312 Flags (State of Washington & U.S)


General Specifications

Flags required shall be constructed of either cotton bunting which shall conform to CCC-C-439, or heavyweight nylon which shall conform to Type I, Class B of CCC-C-476. Star design application shall be Schiffli embroidered dense stitching method, cotton thread or yarn, two ply bleached. Single yarn shall be 40/1. Thread for sewing of cotton bunting flags shall be a cotton machine thread conforming to Type IA, 50/3 ply soft finish of V-7-276. Thread for sewing of all flags other than cotton bunting shall be polyester conforming to Type I or II, Class I of V-7-285, size B, 2 or 3 ply. Color of thread shall match the color of the material on which it is to be used. Colorfastness of thread shall be equal to or better than the material on which it is sewn. The canvas duck used for the heading shall be white, shall weigh not less than 8.25 oz. Per square yard, shall have 2 ply yarn in both warp and fill and shall have breaking strength of not less than 105 pounds in warp and 100 pounds in fill. Heading shall be Class II with grommets, which shall conform to Type II or Type III of MIL-G-16491.

Colors shall match the cable and pantone numbers referenced below.

US Flag

The US Flag shall meet or exceed the Federal Specification, Flag, National, United States of America and Flag, Union Jack DDD-F-416E dated November 27, 1981. The U.S. flag shall consist of 13 horizontal stripes, 7 red and 6 white, which shall alternate beginning and ending with red stripe, and the Union Jack. On the face side, each stripe shall overlap the stripe beneath it, forming a shingle effect. The seam type shall be LSC-2, except the turned under edges shall extend the full depth of the seam (full double turn under). The stitching gauge of all seams shall be not less than 3/16 inch and not more than 3/8 inch. All raw edges shall be hemmed, stitching type eFB-2 with not less than a 3/8 inch hem having a full turn-under the fly edge of all flags shall be hemmed with 4 rows of stitching, type Efb-4 with not less than ¾ inch hem having a full turn-under. All flags to be individually packaged in transparent poly bag or chipboard box with care instructions included.

US Flag Colors

"Standard Color Cards of America" maintained by the Color Association of the United States, Inc. These are:

Cable No. 80108 Old Glory Red

Cable No. 80002 White

Cable No. 80075 Old Glory Blue

Old Glory Red (PMS 193C), White, and Old Glory Blue (PMS 281C)

US Flag, Cotton and Nylon, Inside Display

The flag is to be constructed of one piece of fabric printed in legible fashion with fifty white stars on navy blue background, and red and white stripes. All edges turned, with two rows of stitching with no revealed raw edges. Heading of flag to be stapled securely to 3/8” diameter, 36” long wooden staff with gold colored mast, with four heavy-duty metal staples. Staff to be stained or painted black. Flags to be individually packaged.
State of Washington Flag: The Legislature adopted the Washington State flag in 1925 and revised it to its present design in 1967 (RCW 1.20.010)

State of Washington Seal:

Each flag shall have official identical seals, one on each side of the flag, and so placed that the center of each seal shall be centered on each side of the flag. The seal may have a serrated edge. See page 3 for example.

State of Washington Flag. Color Specifications:

In accordance with WAC 434-04-017 (WAC 434-04-017: Description of seal for use on state flags.)*, the following color references by cable number (textile) and Pantone number (print) are those colors in the Standard Color Reference of America, Tenth Edition of the Color Association of the United States, Inc., New York. All colors shall be colorfast washable dyes. The colors shall be substantially the same as the following color references, as solely determined by the state:

Flag Color

Cable Color (Textile)

Pantone Color (Process CMYK Printing)

Flag Background

Irish Green, Cable #80210

PMS DS-268-1

State Seal Background

Oriental Blue, Cable #80176

PMS DS-226-3

State Seal (Portrait, lettering and inner rings)


PMS Process Black

State Seal Gold

Spanish Yellow. Cable #80068

PMS DS-5-4

Fringe (if any) Gold

Spanish Yellow. Cable #80068

PMS DS-5-4

George Washington’s Face

Eggshell, Cable #80004

PMS DS-5-9

*NOTE: At the time of this bid release, the revised WAC has not been officially posted on the web site noted above. All colors/specifications noted herein reference the revised WAC.

State of Washington Flag, State Seal Specifications:

Each flag shall have official identical seals, one on each side of the flag, and so placed that the center of each seal shall be centered on each side of the flag. The seal may have a serrated edge.
The size of the seal to be used shall be in proportion to the size of the flag as follows:
Diameter of Seal Flag Size

19" 3' x 5'

25" 4' x 6'

31" 5' x 8'

In all other instances, the ratio of the state seal diameter to the length of the flag shall be 1:3 and the ratio of the flag height to the flag width shall be 1:1.6.
The flag may be flown or displayed in its entirety as described herein; the state seal shall not be expropriated from the flag for any other use and such expropriation is regulated by the statutes RCW Chapter 43.04 (Chapter 43.04 RCW) and administrative rules WAC 434-04 (Chapter 434-04 WAC) governing the use of the Washington State seal.

State of Washington Flag, Cotton and Nylon, Inside Display:

Construction to be in accordance with outdoor display flag specifications with exceptions as follows:

  • No heading is required

  • Fly end does not require 4 rows of stitching

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