Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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Web ID: 34j-925
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): Approx. 85" x 62"
Flag Size (H x L): 73" x 50.25"
34 star American national flag, made during the opening years of the Civil War period, entirely hand-sewn and with its stars arranged in a dynamic and extraordinarily rare diamond medallion that features 4 stars in the center and a trio of stars in each corner of its blue canton. Kansas was admitted into the Union as the 34th state on January 29th, 1861, about 2½ 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.

In the world of antique American flags there are nearly countless star patterns, but most have lineal rows or columns. Some have circular designs, which are the next step up the the rarity scale. The Great Star is much more scarce, highly coveted, and can be among the very best visually, but there are rarer configurations still. Among these are circles within squares, pentagons, ovals, and completely random patterns. There are flags where the stars actually spell something with alphabetic or numeric characters, some of which are among the rarest of all, but with regard to geometric configurations, the rarest--and arguably the most beautiful--are diamonds, shields, snowflakes, and starbursts. From a folk art perspective, these often excel beyond all others and are certainly more unusual to the eye. This particular flag is no exception.

Diamond patterns are extraordinarily rare among documented examples in any form. Not more than 10 to 15 exist across all flags of the 19th century with pieced-and-sewn construction, in all star counts. Each of these is one-of-a-kind, displaying its own design idiosyncrasies within this unique group of spectacular flags.

Applied banners with patriotic verbiage are all but unheard of. Elevating this flag to an even higher level of desirability among collectors is the white length of cotton, treadle-sewn to the fly end, with bold, black letters that read: “We Love Every Stripe and Star.” This appealing, pro-Union statement adds another layer of graphic and emotional impact to a Civil War period flag, and when combined with such an outstanding star configuration, results in a venerable masterpiece.

Construction: The stars of the flag are made of cotton, hand-sewn and double-appliquéd (applied to both sides) of the blue canton, which is made from fine merino wool. The stripes are made of cotton, pieced with hand-stitching. The banner is made of cotton, with stenciled or block-printed letters, and was applied to the fly end with treadle stitching.

Mounting: The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% silk organza on every seam and throughout the star field for support. It was then sewn to a background of 100% cotton twill, black in color, that 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. The mount was then placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic.
Collector Level: Flags for the truest Patriots. My best offerings
Flag Type: Sewn flag
Star Count: 34
Earliest Date of Origin: 1861
Latest Date of Origin: 1863
State/Affiliation: Kansas
War Association: 1861-1865 Civil War
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