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  8 STARS, CONFEDERATE SYMPATHIZER, VIRGINIA SECESSION, EXTREMELY SCARCE, 1861

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 9" x 8"
Flag Size (H x L): 3" x 2"
Description....:
8 star American national-style parade flag, block-printed on coarse, glazed cotton. This flag was made during the Civil War period to commemorate Virginia’s secession from the Union. On April 17th, 1861, Virginia became the 8th Confederate state to secede, following the initial wave of 7 states that had taken place on the preceding February 4th. The stars of the flag are arranged in a medallion configuration comprised of a wreath of 7 stars surrounding a single, large star center star.

While northern children waved their 13 star flags and flags with the full star count, some of their southern counterparts waved 7, 8, and possibly 9 star flags as a subtle means of displaying Confederate loyalties. Parade flags with 7 stars are the most common. Most are not war period, but made after the fact, during a time when it was ill-advised to wave confederate flags in public. Those with 9 stars are much scarcer and most, like their 7-star counterparts, are of post-war production.

8 star parade flags are also rare and all of those I have encountered are war-period. Note the crude and whimsical profile of the stars on this particular example, which contributes substantially to its appeal.

Mounting: The black-painted American molding dates to the 1st quarter of the 19th century and therefore pre-dates the flag itself. This I married to a silver gilt liner of the mid-late 19th century with an ogee profile. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, which has been washed to reduce excess dye. An acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass.

Condition: There is minor to moderate foxing and soiling, accompanied by very minor tears and losses. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 08
Earliest Date of Origin: 1861
Latest Date of Origin: 1861
State/Affiliation: Virginia
War Association: 1861-1865 Civil War
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
 

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