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    A VERY RARE CONFEDERATE SECESSION FLAG - 1861 This is an extremely rare Confederate secession flag, one of only two known to exist. A six-star variant of the Confederate First National flag, this flag was made prior to the adoption of the First National design on March 4, 1861. It is identical to one at the Florida State Archives. This flag has eleven stripes and most likely dates to January or February 1861. It is both hand and machine sewn on dark red, white and blue bunting with the central five-pointed star surrounded by an additional five stars design in white cotton. Noted author and flag expert Howard Michael Madaus authenticated this flag and a copy of his research accompanies this flag. In that report he explains attempts by the people of secessionist states to incorporate the 'stars and stripes' design into the early flags of the new Confederacy.

    This flag measures 126" on the fly and 91¼"" at the hoist. The blue canton measures 40½" at the staff and 39½" on the fly. The central five-pointed star measures 35½" in diameter while the smaller surrounding stars are 7½" in diameter. There are three whipped eyelets that pierce the white and blue canvas heading for attachment to a staff.

    Authentication: Howard Michael Madaus

    Condition: This is a beautiful flag that dates to the earliest days of the war. With only minor moth holes, it is in excellent condition making it a superb display piece.

    This flag has been carefully examined by authoritative in-house experts and has been deemed to be authentic and of the period in every respect including fabric, thread, dye and the method and pattern of construction. Additionally, any accompanying provenance has been verified as unique and indigenous to the specific flag it documents.


    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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