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   35 STARS, 1863-65, CIVIL WAR PERIOD, WEST VIRGINIA STATEHOOD, MEDALLION CONFIGURATION, HALOED CENTER STAR:


 

Description:
35 star American national parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton and bearing a beautiful medallion configuration that has a huge, haloed center star. This is one of the boldest, wreath pattern, Civil War era designs and is in a rather large and highly desirable size among printed flags. In addition to these facts, there are far more parade flags known in the 34 star count, which was used during the opening two years of the war, than in the 35 star count, which became official in July of 1863. Although 35 remained the official star count until July 4th, 1865, following the war�s end, most flag making, especially that which was not under military contract, would have included a 36th star upon the addition of Nevada on October 31st, 1864. This means that 35 star flags were realistically produced for less than a year-and-a-half. Scarcity is thus one reason why 35 star parade flags are so interesting, and another is the fact that they are often larger and more visual, with elaborate star configurations. Although the maker that produced these flags is unknown, parade flags with a haloed center star exist in at least five other star counts including 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, and 42. Two examples also exist with 13 stars. One dates to 1856 and was made for the presidential campaign of James Buchanan. Another style dates to the 1876 centennial era and all of its 13 stars have halos. Mounting: The paint-decorated molding has a gilded inner edge and a gilt ripple liner, dates to the period between 1840 and 1870, and is of exceptional quality. The flag has been stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, which was washed to reduce excess dye. An acid-free agent was added o the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. The front is U.V. protective acrylic.
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Dealer  

Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1863-1865
Origin:
Condition: There is minor foxing and staining, accompanied by a couple of tiny holes near the fly end of the top white stripe. There are tack holes along the hoist where the flag was affixed to its original staff, accompanied by minor tears with associated loss at the top and bottom. The flag presents beautifully. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Measurements: Frame: 30.5" x 39.5" Flag: 19.5" x 28.25"
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Web-site: http://www.jeffbridgman.com
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
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