The New Hampshire state flag consists of the state seal centered on a blue field. The seal depicts the frigate USS Raleigh, built in 1776 in Portsmouth, as one of the first thirteen warships sponsored by the Continental Congress for the new American navy. A laurel wreath, which is an ancient symbol of fame, honor, and victory, surrounds the seal. The laurel leaves are interspersed by nine stars representing New Hampshire as the ninth state to join the union
New Hampshire flags for outdoor use are constructed of a durable nylon fabric especially developed for flag use. Nylon's tight weave provides maximum beauty and flyability as well as brilliant, fast colors. Its weave helps shed pollution, dirt and grime that the looser weave alternatives absorb. Nylon is water repellent and mildew resistant.