34 Star Antique Flag Cover with Sporadic 5-6-6-6-6-5 Star Pattern | Circa 1861-1863

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34 Star Antique Flag Cover with Sporadic 5-6-6-6-6-5 Star Pattern | Circa 1861-1863

475.00

Frame Size (H x L): 9” x 11.5”
Flag Size (H x L): 3.5” x 5.5”

Offered is a thirty-four star flag cover (i.e., envelope) with a 5-6-6-6-6-5 pattern.  This pattern is sporadic in nature, and does not form any particular shape.  Equally sporadic is the individual shape and canting of each star.  In combination, these features define a quite unique, desirable flag.      

The thirty-four star flag represents the inclusion of Kansas to the Union.  Kansas was admitted on January 29th, 1861, and this flag became official on July 4th, 1861.  President Lincoln served, and the Civil War was fought, under this star count.  Many thirty-four star flags predate the first shots of the Civil War in 1861, as flag makers began producing them upon the admission of the Kansas, instead of the time at which the flag was officially admitted to the Union later in the same year.  The thirty-four star flag was official until July 4th 1863, the time at which the thirty-five star flag became official and began to represent the inclusion of West Virginia in the Union.  Thirty-four and thirty-five star flags were the official flags for the majority of the Civil War, and for this reason, both are extremely desirable.   

Conservation Process: The flag is sandwiched between cotton rag board and a UV resistant acrylic. 

Frame: The antique frame is includes an outer layer and an inner gilt layer.  It dates to between 1860 and 1890.    

Condition Report: This paper flag exhibits some fading.  It presents beautifully, particularly in combination with its antique frame.

Collectability Level: The Good – Perfect for Beginning Collectors and Gifts  
Date of Origin: 1861-1863
Number of Stars: 34
Associated War: The Civil War (1861-1865)  
Associated State: Kansas

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