DescriptionMagnificent and Rare Regulation Civil War Cavalry Regimental Flag.
This beautiful Federal regulation cavalry standard is among the most difficult of all American flags to obtain, particularly in such fine condition. The body measures approximately 26-inches by 29-inches and retains all its border of 2-inch yellow fringe. Overall, the banner is almost completely intact with only a scattering of small missing pieces that do not detract from its general appeal. This example is believed to have been produced during the conflict by famed military supplier William H. Horstmann of Philadelphia and conforms to the 1861 regulations. The impressive, hand painted emblem centers on a spread winged eagle grasping an olive branch in one talon and a clutch of arrows in the other. A red riband is held in its beak and a national red/white/blue shield is on the chest. Below is a larger riband and thirteen gold stars are painted above. The flag was originally held in a simple 36-inch by 32-inch frame when sold, but has now been professionally framed and measures a robust 43 1/2- inches by 42 1/2-inches, it currently displays fantastic! This is a true rarity with great character and is worthy of the finest collection.
Note: This Regimental flag last sold in our 2008 November Signature Civil War Auction, sale number 6015 on November 20, 2008 as lot 57147. Flag has been with buyer, who's now the consignor since 2008.
According to consignor, the flag was mounted and restored by Ilona Pachler who lived in Santa Fe at the time, she was a former textile conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Framing was done in LA and was approximately $3000 dollars.
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