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   CIVIL WAR PERIOD CAMPAIGN PARADE FLAG MADE FOR THE 1864 PRESIDENTIAL RUN OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN & ANDREW JOHNSON, WITH ENDEARING WEAR FROM OBVIOUS LONG-TERM USE, 34 STARS IN A GREAT-STAR-IN-A-WREATH PATTERN, ONE-OF-A-KIND AMONG KNOWN EXAMPLES:


 

Description:
34 star American national parade flag, printed on cotton, made for the 1864 campaign of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. The flag exhibits obvious signs of long-term outdoor use during the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. Because flags were typically used outdoors, such wear, if attractive and endearing, is acceptable and even desired. The stars are arranged in a very rare pattern called a great-star-in-a-wreath. It consists of a wreath of stars, inside which is a large star made out of smaller stars (called a "Great Star"). Each of the outermost points of the Great Star reach into and from part of the circular wreath. There is also a star in the very of the pattern, as well as a single star in each corner of the blue canton. Even without the wear that this flag exhibits, this star pattern can be especially difficult for the casual observer to discern. One can tell that the placement of the stars is certainly odd, but figuring out the intended pattern is a job for someone with long experience with flags. The black, overprinted text simply reads: �LINCOLN AND JOHNSON." While a great number of political textiles were made to promote Lincoln & Hamlin�s campaign in 1860, those made for Lincoln & Johnson in 1864 election are more scarce. There were two primary reasons why. First, in the early part of 1864, Lincoln felt unlikely to be re-elected, but as the year progressed there were significant Union victories and the future success of the incumbent president was solidified. This meant there was little need to spend large amounts of money campaigning. Second, less time and resources were available during wartime to focus on campaign accessories, so fewer flags were produced. Due to scarcity of fabric and/or a desire to conserve it, a number of Lincoln & Johnson flags were actually recycled from the campaigns of his previous opponents. Such frivolity was not seen in 1860. While all Lincoln-related parade flags are highly sought after, and are collectively the most valuable of all printed flags known to exist, those made for the 1864 campaign of Lincoln & Johnson are of particular interest. Assuming all other factors are equal (graphics, text, size, etc.), the presence of the Johnson name is superior to Hamlin. Kansas was admitted into the Union as the 34th state on January 29th, 1861, about 2 � months before the Confederate assault on Fort Sumter that marked the beginning of the Civil War. The 34th star was officially added on July 4th of that year, but most flag makers would have added a 34th star with the addition of Kansas in January. The star count remained official until July 4th, 1863, and 34 star flags would have been produced until the addition of West Virginia in June of that year. Mounting: The exceptional black walnut frame is a very unusual Civil War era example. It has finely detailed, carved or pressed decoration on a beveled profile and retains its original gilded liner. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, which has been washed and treated to reduce excess pigment. An acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the pigment and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1864
Origin:
Condition: There is significant foxing, staining, and pigment loss throughout, accompanied by some fabric loss and fraying.
Measurements: Frame: Approx: 17" x 22" Flag: 7.75" x 12.75"
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Web-site: http://www.jeffbridgman.com
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
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