A 35-Star Civil War cavalry Guidon

after 1863

Stenciled gold stars arranged in a double wreath or medallion pattern enclosed by 4 corner stars, on silk canton, machine-sewn silk stripes, self sleeve, bears "Mastai Collection" stamp, mounted and framed.

26 in. x 29 in. (sight)


The Collection of Boleslaw and Marie Louise d'Otrange Mastai.
Estimate $20,000-30,000

Note: Regulation 35-Star Guidons were contracted by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department after the admittance of West Virginia in 1863 and used during the final years of the Civil War. 35-Star Guidons continued to be used by U.S. Cavalry regiments during the Indian Wars of the late 1860s and 1870s.

Boleslaw and Marie-Louise d'Otrange Mastai, The Stars and The Stripes: The American Flag as Art and As History from the Birth of the Republic to the Present (1973), 144.

Sold for $17,500 (buyer's premium included)