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12 Star Flag Painted Civil War Backpack Fragment

Circa 1861-1864: It is important to note that the flag painted on this 9.5" x 8.75" canvas fragment of a Civil War backpack has 12 stars, the number of stars present on the Civil War Southern Cross flag, suggesting that this backpack is of confederate origin and was carried by a confederate soldier during the war. The twelve stars on the confederate flag represent the eleven southern states that seceded from the union and the state of Missouri, which officially remained neutral during the war between the states. The flag on this fragment contains three rows of four stars, and several period hand-sewn flags with this configuration have crossed the auction block in the last 10-15 years. This backpack fragment has been laid down on board for purposes of presevation and has expected scattered areas of paint flaking and one short tear. The flag flies from a pole which rests in the central spire of a red and white striped shield, a symbol of self defense. Confederate Civil War folk art is extremely rare, and it is likely this diminutive folk art oil painting was worn by a soldier whose heartfelt convictions sadly, though rightly so, have fallen on the wrong side of history.

civil war backpack fragment with 12 star secession flag

civil war backpack fragment with 12 star secession flag

civil war backpack fragment with 12 star secession flag

civil war backpack fragment with 12 star secession flag

civil war backpack fragment with 12 star secession flag

12 Star Flag Painted Civil War Backpack Fragment

For Sale: $1,950

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