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7 star American National 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. This example is unusual among 7 star parade flags because it dates to the Civil War period (1861-1865). Most 7-star examples are post-war, like this flag, made during the gap of time when use of national Confederate designs and the battle flag was still limited, before public activity and reunions of Confederate veterans really kicked into action.

This is a really nice example for two reasons. One is its elongated proportions, which make it very different from most 7 star flags that surface. Another is the fact that the flag is written on in a period hand with a dip pen. It is dated �1892� in no less than three places, two of which are accompanied by a number �4�, one of which appears to read �4th�, probably denoting the 4th of July. This was the era in which Independence Day celebrations were really taking off and the term �4th of July� starts to appear on objects with greater frequency.

Mounting: The gilded frame, which has excellent surface, dates to the period between 1820 and 1860. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, which 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.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1892
Origin: US
Condition: There is very minor staining but there are no significant condition issues.
Measurements: frame: 10" x 7.5" flag: 1.75" x 7.5" on 5.75" staff
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Price: SOLD
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