|Dimensions||H-16 W-20 inches|
This is a fragment of a national flag. The blue silk has now faded to green. There are four and one-half gold painted stars existing. The stars are outlined in red paint. There are remnants of a white stripe attached along one edge.
Some of our Civil War era flags are in terrible shape. A big reason for this is how they were originally made. Harsh dyes used to color fabrics (especially silk) resulted in the material breaking apart and shattering. Painted areas typically remain more intact but paint does not allow free movement of the fabric and thus contributes to the fracturing of adjacent areas.
Ironically wool and cotton flags, which were less expensive to produce, are far more stable than silk flags. These flags in our collection remain largely intact and in far better condition than their silk counterparts.
Many of the Civil War era flags in our collection cannot be physically displayed without causing further damage. KHS stores flags flat in a stable environment. Our goal is to slow the deterioration as much as possible.
|Collection||KHS Museum Collection|
|Event||American Civil War|
American Civil War
Civil War flags
|Physical Holder||Kentucky Historical Society - KHS|