Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 9.25" x 11.75"
Flag Size (H x L): 3.75" x 6.25"
8 star American national-style parade flag, block-printed on coarse, glazed cotton. The stars of the flag are arranged in a medallion configuration comprised of a wreath of 7 stars surrounding a single center star, slightly larger in size. Note the crude and whimsical profile of the stars on this particular example, which contributes substantially to its appeal. Resembling starfish or flowers, their shape lends an interesting folk quality to the design.

This flag was made during the Civil War period to commemorate Virginia’s secession from the Union. On April 17th, 1861, Virginia became the 8th Confederate state to secede, with the ordinance ratified by the Virginia State Legislature on May 3rd. This following the initial wave of 7 states that had taken place on the preceding February 4th. Because there was so little time before the secession of the 9th and 10th states of Arkansas and Tennessee, which followed on May 6th (ratified on May 20th and June 6th, respectively), there was a very narrow window in which this star count was applicable.

While northern children waved their 13 star flags and flags with the full star count, some of their southern counterparts waved 7, 8, and possibly 9 star flags as a subtle means of displaying Confederate loyalties. Parade flags with 7 stars are the most common. Most are not war period, but made after the fact, during a time when it was ill-advised to wave confederate flags in public. Those with 9 stars are much scarcer and most, like their 7-star counterparts, are of post-war production.

8 star parade flags are rare and all of those I have encountered are war-period. All of the known styles are small, but among them, this is the largest variety thus-far discovered.

Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples.

The gilded American molding dates to the period between 1830 and 1860. The background is 100% hemp fabric or a hemp and cotton blend. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective.

Condition: There is moderate soling in the striped field and modest oxidation throughout. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 08
Earliest Date of Origin: 1861
Latest Date of Origin: 1861
State/Affiliation: Virginia
War Association: 1861-1865 Civil War
Price: SOLD

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