36 Stars in a Medallion Configuration on a Large Scale Parade Flag For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 5 images

36 Stars in a Medallion Configuration on a Large Scale Parade Flag

About

36 stars in a medallion configuration on a parade flag with a huge, haloed center star; a rare example, large in scale, Civil War era, Nevada statehood, 1864-1867. 36 star American parade flag, printed on cotton and bearing a beautiful medallion configuration of stars. This is a great example of folk art in Civil War-era flag-making. Note how the stars are rather large for the size of the canton and that they are tilted in various directions, arms intertwined, so as to fit into tighter circles. Also note that the spacing between the stars is irregular. But perhaps the best design characteristic is the huge haloed center star that measures 6" in diameter. Not only is this one of the boldest, wreath pattern designs, it is also one of the largest, medallion pattern, printed varieties known to exist. Many parade flags produced in 1876 and prior, like this example, have stripes that are various shades of orange. Note the particularly strong color of the stripes in this flag, which are an unusual shade of tomato red. Although the maker that produced these flags is unknown, parade flags with a haloed center star exist in at least five other star counts including 30, 31, 34, 35, and 42. Two examples also exist, probably from different makers, that bear 13 stars. One dates to 1856 and was made for the presidential campaign of James Buchanan. Another style, printed on a wool and cotton blended fabric, dates to the 1876 centennial and all of its 13 stars have halos. Only a small handful are known in the 36 star count; I can think of fewer than 8 examples, almost all of which I have owned or handled. 36 star American national flag of the Civil War era, printed on coarse, glazed cotton. The 36th state, Nevada, entered the Union during the Civil War on October 31st, 1864. The last Confederate general surrendered on May 26th, 1865. The 36 star flag became official on July 4th of that year, but makers of printed flags would have begun adding a 36th star to their flags in 1864, even before the addition of the new state occurred. Lincoln pushed Nevada through to statehood on October 31st, 1864, during the Civil War, and just 8 days before the November election. The territory’s wealth in silver was attractive to a nation struggling with the debts of war and so increased support for the Republican ticket. While the 36th star wasn't officially added until July 4th of the following year, the makers of printed flags are known to have begun adding the 36th star as early as July of 1864, several months before the addition of Nevada actually occurred. This was a common practice during the late 19th century and is reflective of both the nation's desire for Westward Expansion and the hope of flag-makers to bring new star counts to market before their competitors. The 36 star flag was officially replaced by the 37 star flag in 1867, following the addition of Nebraska. Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by masters degree trained staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples; more than anyone worldwide. The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The mount was placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. The glazing is U.V. protective plexiglass. Feel free to contact us for more details. Condition: There is moderate to significant foxing and staining, especially along the hoist and fly ends and in the 5th white stripe, below the canton. There are small holes and a few minor tears along the hoist end, with associated rust stains, resulting from where the flag was once affixed to its original wooden staff with metal tacks. There is some bleeding. Professional cleaning was undertaken, along with minor color restoration, to minimize the bleeding and soiling. The latter was done in such as way as to be minimally invasive and retain as much of the original patina as possible. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use. Frame size (H x L): Approximately 36" x 55.5". Flag size (H x L): 24" x 43.5".  

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    See Item Description
  • Dimensions
    H 36 in. x W 55.5 in. x D 2.5 in.H 91.44 cm x W 140.97 cm x D 6.35 cm
  • Seller Location
    York County, PA
  • Seller Reference Number
    36j-922
  • Reference Number
    LU84976359983
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
Recognized
1stdibs seller since 2008
Located in York County, PA
More From This Seller
13 Stars in a Medallion Configuration on a Small Scale Antique American Flag
13 Stars in a Medallion Configuration on a Smal...
Early 20th Century American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
13 STARS IN A MEDALLION CONFIGURATION ON A SMALL-SCALE ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG OF THE 1895-1926 ERA: 13 star flag of the type made from roughly the last decade of the 19th century thr...
13 Stars In A Beautiful Medallion Configuration on a Small Scale Antique Flag
13 Stars In A Beautiful Medallion Configuration...
Antique Late 19th Century American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
13 STARS IN A BEAUTIFUL MEDALLION CONFIGURATION ON A SMALL SCALE ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG MADE DURING THE LAST QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY: 13 star American national flag, made sometim...
13 Hand-Sewn Stars in a Beautiful Medallion Configuration on a Small-Scale Flag
13 Hand-Sewn Stars in a Beautiful Medallion Con...
Antique 1870s American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
13 HAND-SEWN STARS IN A BEAUTIFUL MEDALLION CONFIGURATION ON A SMALL SCALE ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG OF THE 1876 CENTENNIAL ERA: 13 star American national flag, made around the time of...
38 Stars in a Medallion Configuration w/ 2 Outliers on a Antique American Flag
38 Stars in a Medallion Configuration w/ 2 Outl...
Antique 1870s American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
38 STARS IN A MEDALLION CONFIGURATION, WITH 2 OUTLIERS, ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG WITH RICH, CORNFLOWER BLUE COLORATION AND ENDEARING WEAR, 1876-1889, COLORADO STATEHOOD 38...
You May Also Like
30-Star Medallion American Flag with Large Central Haloed Star
30-Star Medallion American Flag with Large Cent...
Antique 1840s American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
This is a rare 30-star medallion American flag, celebrating the addition of Wisconsin to the Union. The flag is printed on linen, and has a spectacularly unique star pattern. A doubl...
31-Star Great Star Parade Flag Celebrating California Statehood, circa 1851
31-Star Great Star Parade Flag Celebrating Cali...
Antique 1850s American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
This is a rare 31-star medallion American flag, celebrating the addition of California to the Union. The flag is printed on cotton, and has a spectacularly unique star pattern. A ...
Texas State Flag by Annin Flag Company, circa 1930s
Texas State Flag by Annin Flag Company, circa 1...
Vintage 1930s American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
This is vintage Texas state flag, produced by Annin Flag Company in the 1930s. The flag is sewn and measures 3 ft x 5 ft. Texas passed its Flag Act in 1933, describing the exact ...
46-Star American Flag Printed on Silk, Early 20th Century
46-Star American Flag Printed on Silk, Early 20...
Antique Early 1900s American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
Silk
This is an original 46-star American parade flag, printed on silk. Each star represents a state in the Union at the time. The official flag design would update every July 4th, to inc...
42-Star "Whimsical Star Pattern" American Flag - Unofficial Flag, Circa 1889
42-Star "Whimsical Star Pattern" American Flag ...
Antique 1880s American Historical Memorabilia
This is an uncommon 42-star flag, commemorating the addition of the state of Washington to the Union. The flag dates to 1889-1890, and is printed on cotton. The canton consists of si...
British Union Jack Flag from the 19th Century in a Heavily Distressed Condition
British Union Jack Flag from the 19th Century i...
Antique Late 19th Century British Victorian Political and Patriotic Memo...
Cotton
A large and wonderfully distressed 19th century Union Jack flag. Partially handstitched with period repairs, age related damage and service wear throughout. Measurements are appro...
Antique Large American Flag with 48 Stars, circa Pre 1940s
Antique Large American Flag with 48 Stars, circ...
Early 20th Century Industrial Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
Fabric
This is an original fabric large American flag with 48 stars. The flag has retained its original color with some structural damage slight fading. Creator Unknown. Date of manufactu...
King George VI Coronation Framed Flag 1937
King George VI Coronation Framed Flag 1937
Vintage 1930s British Georgian Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
Cotton
KING GEORGE VI CORONATION FRAMED FLAG 1937 This is a vintage and original flag made for the coronation, Street Parties And Celebrations In 1937 There maybe some small age related m...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries