AMERICAN FLAG A large 35 star American Flag
. Cotton or linen flag, the canton with 35 stars, likely Civil War era, approximately 68 x 136 inches or 5 1/2 x 11 feet (172 x 345 cm); the canton 36 x 51 inches (91 x 129 cm), likely entirely hand-stitched. Some minor repairs and a few punctures or worn areas, some staining and detaching to stars, very well preserved overall though and with deep colors, accompanied by a later triangular case, an attractive and decorative example, sold as is.
West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state in June 1863, midway through the Civil War, and despite Southern sympathies it was separated from Virginia and admitted to the Union as a non-slave state. Nevada was admitted as the 36th State officially in July 1864 rendering the period of creation and use of 35 star flags rather brief. This is a large and well-preserved example of a 35 star flag.
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