Obverse - 2

Obverse - 2

Obverse - 3

Obverse - 3

Reverse - Detail

Reverse - Detail


U.S. 36 Star Parade Stick Flag.

Sub-collection: U.S. 36 Star Flags

U.S. 36 Star Parade Stick Flag.

This is cotton gauze, 36 star stick flag. The canton contains 36 white, 5-pointed stars, set in six horizontal rows of six stars each, which are visible on each side. Small printed parade flags like this printed cotton gauze example were extremely popular during the American Civil War. Usually waved at parades, rallies and sanitary fairs, these flags were widely used by civilians to demonstrate support for the war effort.

Small flags that are still mounted on their original staff, such as this, are rare due to their ephemeral nature. The 36 star US flags became official on the 4th of July 1865. However, flag making entrepreneurs made them available as soon as statehood for Nevada loomed on the national horizon in 1863. 36 star flags like this example were widely available in April of 1865 to celebrate Confederate General Lee's surrender at Appomattox and again to mourn the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, both of which are among the most significant events in United States history.

The 6 x 6 rectilinear patterns was the most popular star field for use on the 36 star flag, which would remain current until the admission of Nebraska in 1867.

Provenance: Acquired by the Zaricor Flag Collection in 2002 from the Mastai Flag Collection through auction at Sotheby's of New York City.

ZFC Noteworthy Flag
Item is Framed


Mastai, Boleslaw and Marie-Louise D'Otrange, The Stars and The Stripes: The American Flag as Art and as History from the Birth of the republic to the Present, Knopf, New York, 1973.

36 Star Flags, Flags of the World, 27 April, 2012, from: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us-1865.html

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 7
Length of Fly 10


Width of Union/Canton 3
Length of Union/Canton 2.25


Comments on Star Measurements Star Pattern is 6-6-6-6-6-6


Width of 1st Stripe 5
Width of 3rd Stripe 5
Width of 8th Stripe 5
Width of Last Stripe 5


Is it framed? yes
Frame Height 10
Frame Length 13


Number of Stars 36
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? yes


Number of Stripes 13
Color of Top Stripe Red
Color of Bottom Stripe Red
Has a Blood Stripe? no


Nation Represented United States


Fabric Cotton


Type of Weave Plain


Comments on Method of Attachmen Mounted on staff.
Method of Attachment Adhesive


Applique Sides Single Faced = Mirror Image Reverse


All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
Research Documents

Public Copy & Signs
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.


Condition Good
Damage Used
Displayable yes


Date 1865