Rebel Cotton Flag With Appliqued Stars

Rebel Cotton Flag with Appliqued Stars

This handsome and well-made rectangular battle flag was one of the more common types of Confederate flags produced by the Virginia Clothing Depot. The 32″x32″, 38″x38″, and 52″x52″ versions of this flag were most commonly used by CSA infantry, artillery, and Rebel Cotton Flag with Appliqued Stars | Ultimate Flags Store. It also served as the CSA Navy jack, and it was occasionally used as a parade flag.

It has a richly fringed border of blue and white silk, and it features a very rare double-appliqued star count. Double-appliqued stars were made by cutting through the shape of a star from a piece of blue fabric and then sewing it to the white background, creating a visible star on both sides of the canton. This is a very difficult technique to accomplish and usually produces a folky appearance.

Southern Heritage: Rebel Cotton Flag with Appliqued Stars

Other interesting features of this flag are the stubby tips of several of the star points and a few small areas of bleeding into the blue background of the canton. These irregularities are typically caused by clamp dying. The flag is dated to the early Civil War period, and its star count suggests that it may commemorate Missouri’s acceptance into the Confederacy (although this theory is not supported by several other factors).

This flag is a great choice for indoor display or historical reenactments. Its heavy construction and authentic cotton weave give it a premium feel, and the fact that it has been antiqued adds to its character and beauty.…