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   34 STAR AMERICAN FLAG COVER WITH A SINGLE WREATH STAR PATTERN, A HUGE CENTER STAR, AND THE LETTERS U-N-I-O-N DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN THE ARMS OF THE CENTER STAR, 1861-63, CIVIL WAR PERIOD:


 

Description:
34-star American national flag cover (small 19th century envelope) with an especially desirable, all-over flag design. The stars are configured into a very unusual single-wreath medallion, which consists of 29 tiny stars, with a large star flanking in each corner of the blue canton and a huge star in the very center. The five letters that spell the word "UNION" are distributed between the five open arms of the center star. This pro-Union Civil War cover is one of the most beautiful of all the designs of this era and, from a flag collector perspective, scores a solid "10" in terms of the rarity and beauty of the star configuration. Single wreath patterns on flags with the 34-star count are highly unusual, as are letters distributed within the arms of a star. One of the most notable southern-oriented counterparts to this concept is the Texas lone star with the letters T-E-X-A-S positioned in the same fashion. This existed not only on the earliest recorded flags of the Republic of Texas, but is also known on at least one Confederate, Civil War period flag. 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 frame is a marriage between an 1890's softwood cove with nice early patina and a gilded liner of the 1860-1890 period with original surface. This is a sandwich mount between 100% cotton and U.V. protective acrylic.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281 or (717) 676-0545
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1861-1863
Origin:
Condition: There is very minor fading.
Measurements: Frame: 7.25" x 9.75" Flag: 3" x 5.5"
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Web-site: http://www.jeffbridgman.com
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
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