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    One of Only Two Examples Extant!

    1861 Horstmann Contract, Company Level Guidon as Provided to the First Ten Regiments of Pennsylvania Cavalry. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in 1861, contracted with Horstmann in Philadelphia to produce 112 of these "deep cut" (swallowtail) guidons for Pennsylvania cavalry regiments. The only other known example of this guidon was issued to the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry.

    Although the first ten guidons in the contract incorporated the Pennsylvania state seal (per agreements of 6 September and 24 October 1861) the remaining 100 guidons, as evidenced by this example, simply utilized "P"[ennsylvania] "V"[olunteers] and the company letter which in this case is "I". Pursuant to War Department orders, dated January 18, 1862, guidons were to be made in the form of the 'stars and stripes' and issued by the US Quartermaster Department, rather than the states, clearly establishing that this guidon was made and issued prior to 1862. Constructed entirely of silk, the guidon is 26½" on the hoist and 41½" on the fly. The hand painted letters are 3½" high. The fragile silk construction and early war issuance resulted in a very low survival rate for these flags. This iconic swallowtail form is emblematic of the romanticized ideal of Civil War cavalry regiments, this being a superbly provenanced example. A rare and important Civil War flag.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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