The Insignia and Seal of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The DAR Insignia
The official insignia of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was designed by Dr. George Brown Goode, (the spinning wheel used as the model for the seals original sketch was used by Dr. Goode’s mother in the early 1800’s and later donated to our Society by Dr. Goode) and adopted by the National Board of Management on May 26, 1891, and patented on September 22, 1891. Dr. Goode was at that time Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the National Society, and connected with the Smithsonian Institution, where he had his office.
“The official insignia of the National Society shall be in the form of a spinning wheel and distaff. The wheel shall be seven-eighths of an inch in diameter and of gold, with thirteen spokes and a field of dark blue enamel upon the rim bearing the name DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION in letters of gold; upon the outer edge of the wheel, opposite the ends of the spokes, are thirteen small stars which may be set with precious stones at the discretion of the owner; underneath the wheel a golden distaff one and one-half inches long, filled with platinum or white gold flax. Upon the back of the insignia the registration number of the owner shall be engraved, and her name may be added. The ribbon to be worn with the insignia shall be blue with a white edge, ribbed and watered, following the colors of Washington’s staff.”
Only members of the DAR may purchase or wear the Insignia pin.
The ribbon is worn on the left shoulder, with the Insignia placed at the bottom near the wearer’s heart. Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution may also wear one or more ancestor bars on her ribbon. Each ancestor bar is engraved with the name of the Patriot from whom the member is descended. The member has provided documentation to our National Society proving her lineage and the service rendered by her ancestor and thus making her eligible to wear the ribbon and bars and Insignia pin. Many other pins representing DAR offices, accomplishments and commemorative events may be worn on the ribbon. The correct order of placement for these pins has been established by the National Insignia Committee. A copy of their publication Seal, Insignia and Banner of the NSDAR, may be requested.
The DAR Seal
The seal of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was chosen to reflect the spirit of the women who lived during the Revolutionary War period.
On October 18, 1890, the committee on Insignia and Seal reported that the design for the seal should be “the figure of Abigail Adams in the costume of 1776 seated at a spinning wheel.”
In 1774, Abigail Adams wrote a letter from her home in Massachusetts to her husband John Adams, who was away attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. In this letter Abigail Adams wrote, “As for me, I will seek wool and flax, and work willingly with my hands; and indeed there is occasion for all our industry and economy.”
The Seal shows a woman of the Revolution, seated at a spinning wheel, distaff in her hand. The 13 stars represent the original 13 colonies and the dates 1776 and 1890 signify the founding of our country and the founding of NSDAR, whose name appears around its edge. The original seal was adopted on December 11, 1890 and has undergone minor changes over the years. The current seal was adopted on April 17, 1979.
The DAR Insignia is the property of, and is copyrighted by, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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