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    Impressive Richmond Depot Confederate 2d National Pattern Flag with Analysis and Authentication Documents from Renowned Flag Expert Fonda Thomsen including Implications of the Flag's Use in Battle. The flag is constructed of one layer of wool bunting and is 90" on the hoist and 144" on the fly. The canton is 60½" x 60½", constructed in the pattern of the Army of Northern Virginia, with each arm of the blue cross 8" wide with a ¾" wide white cotton border. The detail of the white fimbration around all sides of the cross is unique to 2nd National pattern flags produced at Richmond Depot. The thirteen white cotton stars measure 6½" x 7" point to point and were inserted into the cross so that they are visible from both sides. The hoist is constructed of heavy white cotton canvas like material with a 1" sisal rope inserted in the fold with the ends spliced back to form suspension loops. The fly has been turned to the reverse to form a 1" seam. The flag exhibits both hand and machine sewing typical of "the middle of the Civil War" as the respective armies began to mass produce their equipment, however, machines were not yet that sophisticated, and operators relatively untrained, still requiring that much of the flag be hand sewn. The flag is in "as found" condition with numerous small holes, primarily the result of rodent and insect damage. The soiling, which is primarily toward the fly end is probably the result of what Ms. Thomsen characterizes as "a period of moderate use," which also accounts for the tattering on the corners of the fly end. She further states that the soiling, as well as some of the deterioration, appears to be the result of exposure to "acidic fumes," indicating "it was possibly used in an engagement." A most impressive Confederate flag in good sound condition with the fabric probably still imbued with the smoke of the battlefield.

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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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