1st National Flag of the Confederacy with Vintage Antique Finish
This beautiful appliqued, and embroidered, 7-star, First National Confederate flag is made of high-quality nylon fabric that is printed with an authentic-looking, tea-stained, aged finish. If you are looking for an old-world, vintage appearance for your historical-themed décor, this is it. You get the antique look of tea-stained cotton with the weather-resistant durability of nylon.
The first official national flag of the Confederacy, the “Stars and Bars”, was adopted March 4, 1861, and served until May 1, 1863, when it was replaced with the “Stainless Banner”. Designed by German/Prussian artist Nicola Marschall in Marion, Alabama, the 1st national flag resembled the flag of the Austrian Empire. This first version of the flag had 7 stars in the blue field representing the 1st 7 states to secede from the Union (South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas). On May 21, 1861, 2 stars were added after Virginia and Arkansas seceded. North Carolina and Tennessee were the final 2 states to secede and 2 more stars were added on July 2, 1861, bringing the total number of stars to 11. On November 28, 1861, 2 more stars were added to the flag, representing Kentucky and Missouri, although those states never officially seceded from the United States. The 13-star National flag served until May 1, 1863.
The Provisional Confederate Congress was charged with creating the National Flag and Seal. The committee asked the public to submit thoughts and ideas on the topic and was, overwhelmed by requests not to completely abandon the flag of the United States (stars and stripes). Because of the popular support for a flag resembling the U.S. flag, the stars and bars design was approved by the committee. When war broke out, the stars and bars flag caused confusion on the battlefield because of its likeness to the U.S. flag, especially when it was hanging down on the flagstaff with no breeze. This confusion along with considerable criticism from other Confederates eventually led to the stars and bars being replaced by the stainless banner.
- Sewn panels with embroidered stars
- Matching nylon reinforced header with 2 brass grommets
- Fade-resistant, 210 denier nylon
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Flag size: 3’x5′
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