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  CONFEDERATE, CIVIL WAR CENTENNIAL PARADE FLAG, COMMEMORATING THE OPENING OF THE WAR, IN 1861, A RARE EXAMPLE, LIKELY MADE FOR EVENTS IN CHARLESTON, RICHMOND, OR GETTYSBURG

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 19" x 25"
Flag Size (H x L): 12"x 17.5"
Description....:
Printed on cotton, this unusual parade flag commemorates the opening of the Civil War on April 12th, 1861, when Confederate forces laid siege to Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. Across the top of the flag, “Confederate States of America” appears in block letters, rendered in blue. Below is a waving, Southern Cross style battle flag, in rectangular format, illustrated with a staff. Along the hoist, with numerals vertically aligned, are the dates 1861 ~ 1961.

Probably made for ceremonies in Charleston, Richmond, or Gettysburg, this is a rare example in spite of its mid-20th century date. I am presently aware of just two copies of this flag, of which this is one.

The most likely audience would have been members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), founded in 1884, or the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), founded in 1896. Each would have certainly been represented in all parades and similar events.

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 solid walnut molding was made 70-90 years prior to the flag. Made ca 1870-1890, this retains its original gilded liner with resist decoration. The flag has been hand-stitched to a background of 100% cotton twill, black in color, that was washed and treated for colorfastness. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count:
Earliest Date of Origin: 1961
Latest Date of Origin: 1961
State/Affiliation: The Confederacy
War Association: 1861-1865 Civil War
Price: SOLD
 

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