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It looks more like Union Jack to me.

Don't see anything looking like "stripes" here.
Am I missing something?

Rostik: yes, it does, doesn't it? One could repurpose it for a patriotic English event using different music.

Curious one (hah!): indeed, no stripes. The name of the figure refers only to the music and the carrying of the flags. "Stars and Stripes" is the nickname of the American flag.

(Now I'm trying to design a figure that actually mimics the American flag. Not easy, with the asymmetrical design!)

Maybe it was originally British figure, repurposed for US music?

Rostik: possible, but I think it unlikely. I don't see the wild explosion of cotillon figures in England that I do in America over the course of the 19th century.

A lot of figures that use props or favors take their names from the props without the floor pattern (if there is one) having anything to do with it at all, so don't take the name too literally in that regard.

At some point I need to write a lot more about German cotillons in America (and in Germany, for that matter!)

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