|7 STARS IN A VERY RARE HEXAGON MEDALLION, CONFEDERATE SYMPATHIZER, A WAR-PERIOD EXAMPLE, circa 1861
|Frame Size (H x L):||9.5" x 11.5"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||3.75" x 6"|
|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. Not only is this a war-period example, but it is one of 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. Also of importance is the size of the flag. While seemingly small, most known examples are approximately a quarter the size of this one.
Mounting: The gilded American molding dates to the period between 1810 and 1840. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton twill, black in color, that has been washed and treated for colorfastness. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective.
Condition: There is minor soiling along the hoist end, but there are no serious condition issues. The colors are strong and the flag presents beautifully.
|Collector Level:||Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything|
|Flag Type:||Parade flag|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1861|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1861|
|War Association:||1861-1865 Civil War|
|Price:||Please call (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281|