|Very rare Confederate parade flag in the 3rd National format. This is a highly unusual example because it is printed on silk. It is, in fact, the only one I have ever encountered in this size, fabric, and design combination. It was likely made sometime between the 1890�s and the teens and thus represents one of the early examples in reunion period parade flags of the Confederacy. The flag would have been made for use by the United Confederate Veterans (UCV), which formed in 1889 and served as the primary post-war organization for Confederate soldiers, or else for the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), which was established in 1884 and thus pre-dated the UCV.|
The Confederacy had three successive national designs, known as the first, second, and third confederate national flags. The original first confederate design looked much like the stars and stripes. It consisted of 7 white stars arranged in a blue canton, and three linear stripes instead of thirteen (2 red with one white in-between). This is the flag known as the Stars & Bars.
The second Confederate flag was white in color, with the Southern Cross (the Confederate battle flag) serving as its canton. Soldiers hated this design because it looked too much like a surrender flag, and, if given the opportunity, they would dip the end in blood. 36 days before the war�s end a red vertical stripe was later added at the fly end of the flag and the result was adopted as the 3rd national design.
The Southern Cross by itself, comes in two basic shapes, rectangular and square. The confederate naval jack is the extended, rectangular version of the battle flag, which was typically square for use on land, where it is sometimes termed the flag of the �Army of Northern Virginia� after the well-known division, commanded by General Lee, that carried it. The �Battle Flag� as it is more commonly called today, was not, as most people think, the national flag of the Confederacy; nor is it the flag which is referred to as the "Stars & Bars", even though the name seems appropriate enough.
Mounting: The solid walnut frame has a fluted profile on its outer edge and dates to the period between 1870 and 1890. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton rag mat. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is u.v. protective.
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
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||19th Century (1801-1900)|
||There is minor bleeding, accompanied by very minor holes, but there are no other significant condition issues.|
||flag" 7.75" x 12.25" frame: 14.25" x 18.75"
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