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    U.S. Regimental Silk Flag, 35 Hand Painted Gold Stars, with Gold Silk Fringe, ca. 1863. A regulation size U.S. Army regimental flag with beautiful gold silk fringe and 35 hand painted 5-pointed stars 2½" in diameter, contracted from a Philadelphia, PA clothing depot. Regulation Government Issue U.S. National Color made under contract (either Horstmann Brothers and Co. or Evans & Hassel) in 1863. Flag measures 70" on its staff exclusive of the fringe by 76 1/8" on the fly, also exclusive of the fringe. Field consists of 13 alternating horizontal red and white silk stripes approximately 5½" wide. Inset into the upper staff corner is a dark blue silk canton 38" on the hoist by 27 1/8" on the fly, including the sleeve bearing painted to both sides 35 5-pointed stars, each 2½" across their points. Thirty of the stars are set in 2 concentric elliptical rings. Ten in the inner ring, which measures 9" wide by 20½" high and 20 stars in the outer ring which measures 20" wide by 30½" high. An additional star decorates the center of the canton and four others are located in each of the corners of the canton. A 2" deep yellow silk fringe twisted and knotted decorates the three exterior edges. The pike or staff edge has been doubled over and lined to form a sleeve 2¾" wide when flat. The flag does not show any regimental markings and is in excellent condition for its age and composition. The main fractures to the silk are in the bleached white silk stripes. The color of the flag is bright and fresh.

    Authentication: Letters of authenticity and research from renowned Civil War flag expert and author Howard Michael Madaus.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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