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    A Rare Confederate Eight-Star First National Flag This Eight-Star Confederate First National flag still retains its vibrant colors and is beautifully hand sewn on polished cotton. At 140"on its fly and 75" at the hoist, this flag is a rare configuration of seven stars arranged in a 36" circle around a central star in the middle of the polished cotton blue canton. The two red bars divided by one white bar make this a classic First National Confederate design, but this particular pattern with eight stars makes up only 10% of the known First National designs.

    As Virginia was the eighth state to secede from the Union on April 17, 1861 followed by Arkansas as the ninth only 30 days later, this flag was only authorized during that 30-day interval. Most of those known to exist in museums are from the Western Theater of the war, mostly from Louisiana or Mississippi regiments. Units of the famous New Orleans Washington Artillery and the Charles Clark Rifles of the 12th Mississippi are just a few of the units that flew this sort of flag. Indeed this flag was possibly made in New Orleans due to its early dating and construction. A stenciled number '25', 1" in height appears in black ink on the obverse of the flag on the fly edge.

    Noted flag conservator Fonda Thomsen examined the flag and there were no alterations or repairs found during the examination. Significantly, the noted author and flag expert Howard Michael Madaus examined this flag as well. His authentication, research and analysis are included with this rare Confederate First National flag adding to its historical importance.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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