A 22-Star American Flag commemorating Alabama statehood or Exclusionary Flag

circa 1830

Hand-sewn, red cotton appliqued stars 'scattered' on a muslin canton, the reverse with hand-sewn gold cotton appliqued stars similarly arranged, the stripes of woven figured wool, the fly appliqued with an emblazoned American Eagle of woven figured wool, rope hoist, mounted and framed.

41 1/2 in. x 89 in. (sight).


Collection of John W. Armiger, Jr., Baltimore, James D. Julia, August 25-28, 2015, lot 2109.
Estimate $10,000-20,000

Note: The maker used whatever fabric was available to create this unofficial and unique Flag. There is a possibilty that this is an Exclusionary Flag with 11 stars removed from the canton for the 11 seceded states by a Union loyalist, dating then to 1861-1863. It is interesting that the American Eagle's head turns toward olive branches.

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