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Object Name Flag
Catalog Number 2013.34
Maker Wilkins, Hugh
Date 1861-1864
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-2.75 W-1.625 inches
Description This is a small fragment of the 7th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry flag. The rectangular piece has fractured blue silk on the top attached to a Stabiltex mesh backing. Much of the silk has broken away and is missing. A small area on the right side is particularity dirty or has been discolored and is now a dark gray.
Notes 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 A big reason for this is how they were originally made.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 Mark Hubbs Collection
Event American Civil War
People Wilkins, Hugh
Subjects Flags
Military flags
Civil Wars
Search Terms American Civil War
Civil War
Civil Wars
Civil War flags
Flag remnants