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Rare 34 Star American Flag From The Civil War Era July 4, 1861 For Sale
This is another great civil war era item I am offering to you from my private collection.I aquired it many years ago through a close freind who found it folded and hidden away in a book in the library of an old house in Amityville, Long Island New York...It had been forgotten there most of its life until he came upon it and offered it to me,and has been with me ever since, so this is fresh to the market from my collection...Don't miss your chance to own a rare and authentic civil war era flag to add to your collection....When the civil war began in 1860 there were 33 stars on the flag, but the 34 star flag became official on July 4, 1861 when Kansas was admitted to the union. Although two other states joined the union during the war , the 34 Star flag stayed as the official flag throughout the war...This flag is made of silk and is what is considered an early printed civil war parade flag.During the civil war soldiers were also known to carry with them small parade flags, sometimes sewn into their uniforms, so survival of these flags are extremely rare..This one measures 4 1/2" by 6" and is handstitched on three sides with the fly end unstitched, with a little minor fraying on that end as you can see from my pics..Dispite its age of 150 years, this early printed parade flag from the early part of the civil war is in a remarkable state of preservation. It is made of unweighted silk and is very supple, not displaying the brittleness of flags made from weighted silk which was put in a mineral salt baths and when dried would cause the silk to weigh more for the merchants to reap more profit as silk was sold by weight. These salts caused the silk to break down in latter years..This one remains fresh and vibrant. The stars are in the "Great Star Pattern", which was designed by Capt. Samuel Reid, an American naval hero of the war of 1812 as a way of incorporating the growing number of stars into a canton, making a more bold and recognizable design to be seen by other ships at long distances on the seas.I had it displayed between two pieces of glass as shown in my pic, but if you wish me to ship it without the glass I will do that.I always displayed in the center of all my civil war soldier tintypes and ambros and it looked wonderfull..My shipping fee does include insurance. Thankyou all for looking .......
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Rare 34 Star American Flag From The Civil War Era July 4, 1861: $625