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  CONFEDERATE SYMPATHIZER PARADE FLAG WITH 7 GRAPHICALLY WHIMSICAL STARS THAT REFLECT THE INITIAL WAVE OF 7 STATES SECEDED FROM THE UNION, A WAR-PERIOD EXAMPLE, 1861

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 8" x 13"
Flag Size (H x L): 2.5" x 4" on 9" staff
Description....:
7 star American parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton and affixed to a wooden staff, 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. Note how the stars of this particular variety have unusually elongated arms, which adds a nice degree of folk quality to the design.

Frame: The black-painted, solid walnut molding dates to the period between 1870 and 1890. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton twill, black in color, which was washed to remove 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 glazing, which is U.V. protective glass.

Condition: There is moderate fading of the red stripes. The wooden staff is period to the flag though not original to it. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Collector Level: Intermediate-Level Collectors and Special Gifts
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 07
Earliest Date of Origin: 1861
Latest Date of Origin: 1861
State/Affiliation: The Confederacy
War Association: 1861-1865 Civil War
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
 

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