RARE AND SPECTACULAR CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG.
This is undoubtedly among the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing of all Confederate battle flags extant. This classic square Western Theater infantry battle flag was originally found in an East Texas estate. This flag closely follows the pattern of ANV (Army of Northern Virginia) battle flags and is totally hand sewn. Not including fringe, flag measures 44″ on hoist by 45″ on fly with fringe measuring in additional 8″. Double applique stars are 5″ and are cotton. The wool bunting and the sewing techniques in panels are much like Richmond Depot ANVs. One aesthetic feature of the flag is the original and unusual fringe that trims three sides. This identical fringe is found on at least two identified Confederate officers sashes, one being from Texarkana. This flag has been archivally and professionally and tastefully mounted in a dramatic presentation. The flag is complete with its original sewn-in rope hoist around heavy canvas. Rare is the opportunity to buy an original Confederate St. Andrews Cross battle flag particularly of this fine aesthetic. This flag was studied by the late vexicologist Howard Madaus and his notes are included in a comprehensive report by flag historian Greg Biggs which accompanies this flag. Reference Battle Flags of the Army of Tennessee by M. H. Madaus. PROVENANCE: Unknown East Texas Estate; Sumter Military Antiques, Charleston, SC, about 2000; private Boston collection, 2003; Stewart Taylor Collection, 2012. CONDITION: Very good. Flag retains most of the original silk braided fringe. Interesting there are four contemporary sewn repairs to holes in field and threads unraveled from the silk fringe were used for these wartime repairs. The red field of the flag shows scattered holes and damage, some of which are moth holes, some however are consistent with battle. The blue St. Andrew’s cross also shows some moth damage and deterioration but is generally good. There is the normal staining and soiling associated with battlefield used flags. The flag has been professionally mounted in an archival type framing measuring 63″ x 61″. 52875-3 (60,000-80,000) – Lot 2042
Auction: Fine Art, Asian & Antiques - Winter 2018
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