Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 13.5" x 9.25"
Flag Size (H x L): 2.25" x 4" on 8" staff
7 star American 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 their 13 star flags, some of their Southern counterparts waved 7, 8, & 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), while most 7-star examples are post-war.

But perhaps the best feature of this flag is its rarity among known examples. There are plenty of 7-star parade flags, most of them post-war, but scant few with this rare configuration of stars. One may note its similarity to traditional, round medallion designs, but here the edges are flattened into a hexagon.

Mounting: The black-painted and gilded molding dates to the period between 1840 and 1870. 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 glass, which is U.V. protective.

Condition: There are very minor stains, but there are no significant condition issues.
Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 07
Earliest Date of Origin: 1861
Latest Date of Origin: 1865
State/Affiliation: The Confederacy
War Association: 1861-1865 Civil War
Price: SOLD

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