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    U. S. Flags: Circa 1861-1863 23-Star Exclusionary Flag. 51" x 98" cotton flag with 23 stars. The flag is all hand-stitched. The flag came out of an old New Hampshire estate. The stars on this flag were cut out by hand and sewn onto both sides of the canton in a somewhat irregular row pattern. There were 23 states in the Union in 1820-1821; however, this flag is not that old. At the start of the Civil War, there were 23 states in the Union and 11 in the Confederacy, matching the 34 states that existed from 1861 to 1863. Northern abolitionists were quite hostile to the Southern "slaveocracy" and were more than happy to see them go their merry way, leaving behind a free Northern republic consisting of 23 states. We feel this flag dates from that period and reflects the "exclusionary" viewpoint of the owner. Outside of two small pulls, it is generally in superb condition. We note partial stamped inscriptions on the extreme edges which read "Lowell...". Union General Benjamin F. Butler owned a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts which produced bunting for flags during the Civil War period, so this likely was produced in Butler's factory.

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    May, 2015
    18th Monday
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