36 Star Civil War Era Antique Flag with Canted Stars | Nevada Statehood | Circa 1864-1867

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36 Star Civil War Era Antique Flag with Canted Stars | Nevada Statehood | Circa 1864-1867

2,650.00

Frame Size (H x L): 25” x 34”
Flag Size (H x L): 18” x 26” 

Offered is a thirty-six star flag made of cotton.  The stars are arranged in a rectilinear 6-6-6-6-6-6 pattern, and they tumble within each row.  While this star arrangement initially appears to be somewhat random, notice that the inner four stars actually define an inner box, a middle box surrounds the inner box, and an outer box surrounds the middle box.  This is sometimes referred to as a box-in-a-box-in-a-box arrangement.  The stripes of this particular flag are closer to orange than red.  Such a color is a result of the use of either madder or cochineal to create the red dye, and is common in flags dating between 1850 and 1880.  The orange color of the “red” stripes is very attractive.   

The thirty-six star flag represents the inclusion of Nevada to the Union.  Nevada was admitted on October 31st, 1864, and this flag became official on July 4th, 1865.  Nevada was originally part of the Utah Territory beginning in 1850, became its own territory in 1861, and became its own state in 1864.  The timing of Nevada's inclusion was politically and economically based.  For political reasons, Nevada was admitted to the Union just eight days prior to President Lincoln's re-election bid against General George McClellan.  Such timing was meant to benefit Lincoln and his fellow Republicans.  For economic reasons, Nevada was included as part of the Union to help it pay off the country’s war debts.  Economically, Nevada was particularly attractive at the time, because of its significant silver mining industry.  Nevada expanded its borders in 1866 when the western Utah Territory was added to its eastern side, and further expanded in 1867 when a portion Pah-Ute County in the Arizona Territory was added to its southern side.  

The thirty-six star flag was the official flag for the last six months of the Civil War, and was used by the military during that time.  It was also the official flag during a portion of the Reconstruction era.  Ultimately, the thirty-six star flag was official until July 4th, 1867, the time at which the thirty-seven star flag became official and began to represent the inclusion of Nebraska in the Union. 

Conservation Process: This flag was hand sewn to cotton fabric, and both were hand sewn to a mounting board.  To prevent the black dye in the cotton fabric from seeping into the flag, it was first washed in a standard wash and then in a dye setting wash.  The flag is positioned behind a UV resistant acrylic, and spaced apart therefrom using spacers. 

Frame: The frame is gold in color and highly distressed.  

Condition Report: The canton and stripes are faded and stained.  Near both the fly end and the hoist end, there is significant staining and foxing.  The hoist strip includes several nail holes.  Despite all of these flaws, we consider this to be a beautiful flag and a statement piece.  Many collectors prefer flags that show their use and age.

Collectability Level: The Great – Perfect for Rising Collectors  
Date of Origin: 1864-1867  
Number of Stars: 36   
Associated State: Nevada  
Associated War: Civil War (1861-1865)   

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