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    Accompanied by a detailed analysis from renowned flag authority Fonda Thomsen.

    United States 14 Star Flag, Probably Secessionist-Used. This wonderful, entirely hand crafted, U.S. national flag has a canton of fourteen stars, and eleven stripes, and is as much a remarkable piece of American folk art as a very historic artifact. Constructed from red wool broadcloth and plain woven cotton, it is the work of someone skilled at sewing who had probably "not made any or many flags," according to respected textile expert Ms. Thomsen. The mid-19th century flag has a pleasing arrangement of stars, with a circle of nine surrounding a single larger star and four additional stars in the corners. The large star measures 4½" from point to point and the smaller ones 2½". Originally blue, the canton's dye has degraded to a brownish hue. Overall the flag measures 44¾" on the leading edge and 55" on the fly. The lightly soiled banner is intact and all parts are original to the period with a few stress tears but no major loss of fabric. The item was made for indoor or brief outdoor display.

    "Great care was taken to produce an attractive finished product," Thomsen observes. As to why someone would construct a fourteen star, eleven stripe flag on the eve of the Civil War, Thomsen has a suggestion: "There are flags in existence that were constructed in the pre or early Civil War years by southern sympathizers to express their belief that the southern states were the true union." An most appealing and intriguing American flag in a superb displayable size.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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