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  CONFEDERATE BIBLE FLAG WITH 13 SIX-POINTED STARS AND ITS BAR COLORS REVERSED, 1861-65

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 6" x 7.5"
Flag Size (H x L): 2" x 3" + tassels
Description....:
CONFEDERATE BIBLE FLAG WITH 13 SIX-POINTED STARS AND ITS BAR COLORS REVERSED, 1861-65:

Confederate 1st National (Stars & Bars) Bible flag, made from hand-sewn silk with stars that are embroidered in silk floss. There are 13 of these, 12 of which were placed in a wreath and were made in six-armed, wheel spoke fashion. These surround an unusual, six-pointed center star that is shaped like the Star of David around the perimeter and is divided into wedged sections on the interior.

The flag's most unusual feature is its layout of bars, which appear in white-red-white instead of the proper red-white-red. I have not before had a Stars & Bars with this reversal of colors. Mistakes like this are highly desired because they set the example apart from others.

The combination of these two features makes for an extraordinarily fine example. The count of 13 stars represents the 11 official Confederate States plus the two most active Border States, Missouri and Kentucky. The populations of these two states voted for secession, but their respective state governments didn't ratify the decision, so each ended up with two separate governments, one Union and one Confederate.

Mounting: The gilded molding dates to the period between 1820 and 1840. This is a pressure mount between 100% cotton velvet and U.V. protective acrylic. The black fabric has been washed and treated to reduce and set the dye.

Condition: The numeral 1775 was written on the reverse of the last white bar in black ink. A light bleed of it shows through the front. The number could have been a supposed (and most incorrect) date or it could have been some sort of collection inventory code.
Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
Flag Type: Sewn flag
Star Count: 13
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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