Very Rare Second National Pattern Civil War Confederate Flag. With a fascinating contemporary history and accompanied by detailed analysis and authentication documents from noted flag authority Fonda S. Thomsen. In the late 1950’s the consignor’s father, through his position as editor of Variety, in Hollywood, formed a close friendship with actor Nick Adams. Adams, in 1959 assumed the starring role in the television series The Rebel, where he portrayed a wayward Confederate veteran in the American west, circa 1875, epitomizing the honor and gallantry of the “lost cause.” The consignor also became closely associated with Adams, and named him Godfather of his first child. Adams was presented the flag, circa 1960, at a UCV/SCV function honoring him for his portrayal of “Johnny Yuma,” at which time the history of its use during the war accompanied the flag. That history has been lost over the years, but the consignor’s recollection is that the flag was used in Richmond during the war. Shortly before his untimely death in 1968, Adams gave the flag to the consignor, in whose hands it has been ever since.
The flag is 36.25″ on the hoist and 59″ on the fly, constructed of one layer of wool bunting, the canton 23.625″ x 23″ in the pattern of the Army of Northern Virginia battleflag. The thirteen 2.5″ five pointed stars are yarn embroidered into the field. The cross is trimmed with a 9/16″ white cotton fimbriation, inserted between the cross and quadrants. The flag is constructed of two 18.75″ sections of white wool bunting flat fall seamed horizontally across the middle. The 1″ hoist is constructed of linen that has been wrapped around a 0.25″ rope halyard. The flag is in excellent sound condition. There is a 3.5″ x 2.5″ period patch at the upper fly corner, and the flag exhibits heavy soiling from airborne contaminants that definitely occurred during a period of use rather than during the flag’s storage. Ms. Thomsen suggests that the soiling is either the result of use in battle or from exposure to heavy smoke and soot, with strong indications, both from the materials used in its construction and the soiling that it was used on a Naval vessel.
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