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Flag: 34 Star American Flag

Object Number: 
1953.200
Date: 
1861-1863
Medium: 
Wool, linen, cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 46 x 76 3/4 in. ( 116.8 x 194.9 cm )
Description: 
Hand-sewn U.S. flag with thirty-four white cotton stars in the "Great Star" pattern (stars arranged in a five pointed star design) on a blue wool canton; thirteen red and white cotton stripes; natural linen hoist.
Gallery Label: 
The "Great Star" pattern on this Civil War example was used in the canton of the U.S. flag from 1818 till the end of the Civil War. It was originally used on the 20 star flag. It was predominantly found in New England and became the offiical style of the flags of the merchant marine. The pattern was used until the beginng of the 20th century, when a new flag resolution was passed. This resolution restricted the design of the U.S. flag to the more common straight ranks style.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Mildred C. Bedell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group