|7 star American parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton, made to commemorate the first wave of Confederate States that seceded from the Union on February 4th, 1861. Texas was the 7th of these states, which also included, in order, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana. While Northern children waved 13 star flags and flags with the full star count, some of their Southern counterparts waved 7, 8, & possibly 9 star flags as a subtle means of displaying their Confederate loyalties.
Some of these little parade flags date to the Civil War, like this example. Others were made post-war. 7-star flags are relatively scarce in any form, but are particularly so in this large size. The size may not seem large, but this is the largest known variety. Most 7-star parade flags are less than three inches in length.
Note how the stars of this particular variety have unusually elongated arms, which adds a nice degree of folk quality to the design. Also note the brilliant shade of red-orange in the stripes, which contributes to its presentation.
Mounting: The richly colored, gilded American molding dates to the period between 1830 and 1860. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, that has been washed to reduce excess dye. An acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective. |
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
||Phone: (717) 502-1281
||19th Century (1801-1900)|
||There are very minor holes and minor foxing, but there are no serious condition issues. many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.|
||Frame: 11.75" x 9.25" Flag: 6" x 3.75"
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