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34 star American national flag of the Civil War period, with superb construction and in a remarkable state of preservation. Save for the hoist binding, which was applied with a treadle machine, the flag is entirely hand-sewn and crafted with especially fine workmanship. The stars, which are arranged in rows of 7-7-6-7-7, are made of cotton, hand-sewn, and double-appliqu�d. This means that they were applied to both sides of the blue canton. The stripes and canton are hand-pieced and made of wool bunting. The binding is made of heavy cotton and there are five brass grommets for hoisting. The fly end is bound with three, neat rows of hand-stitching. A length of Civil War period, braided cotton twine is looped through the topmost grommet. A tiny remnant of white cotton remains stitched to the very top of the fly end. This was evidently added at some point for reinforcement so that the flag could be hung on a wall horizontally. 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 flag has not yet been mounted. We employ a full time conservation staff and can attend to all of your framing needs.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1861-63
Condition: The condition is nothing short of excellent for a wool flag of this period, especially one of this size. There is only the most minor mothing. There is a stitched repair to a small lateral tear in the canton, adjacent to the hoist end. There is minor separation in the canton at the beginning of the seam between the two lengths of blue wool bunting. There is some fantastically executed darning underneath the canton, used to mend tiny holes.
Measurements: Flag: 66.5" x 97"
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Price: SOLD
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