U.S. 36-Star Flag - J. Sebring Maker, NYC.

Sub-collection: U.S. 36 Star Flags

U.S. 36-Star Flag - J. Sebring Maker, New York City.
This large wool 36-star flag was made by J.E. Sebring who was a Civil War-era flag maker from New York City. Sebring is recorded as starting in the flag business in 1862, doubtless as a response to the tremendous demand for flags engendered by the American Civil War.

He made numerous recruiting, garrison and storm flags as well as hospital, both general and field, flags and ambulance markers. However, the size of this flag is not in compliance with any of these specifications so it is likely that this was a private or institutional flag.

The flag is inscribed "J.D. Lyon", but more research will be needed to determine the exact identity of this individual flag as there are at least seven soldiers on the National Park Service's computerized database The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.

Provenance: Acquired at auction in 2008 from Cowan's Auctions, Cincinnati, Ohio.

ZFC Important Flag


Bazelon, Bruce S., William F. McGuinn, A Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers 1785 - 1915, Combined Edition, Manassas, REF Typesetting & Publishing Inc, 1999.

36 Star Flags, Flags of the World, 20 May, 2012, from:

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service, 20 May 2102, from: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 69
Length of Fly 114


Width of Union/Canton 35
Length of Union/Canton 42.5


Comments on Star Measurements Size of stars vary from 3.75" to 3.5"
Size of Stars 3.75


Width of 1st Stripe 5
Width of 3rd Stripe 5
Width of 8th Stripe 5.5
Width of Last Stripe 6
Size of Hoist 2


Is it framed? no


Number of Stars 36
How are the stars embeded? Sewn
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 Wool


Stitching Machine


Type of Weave Plain


Method of Attachment Headings & Grommets


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.


Condition Good
Damage Flag is used, worn, torn, contains wear on fly corners, light mothing, heading is dehydrated, stained & patched.
Displayable yes


Date 1865