42-star Cavalry Guidon flag, cotton with printed stars and stencil for 3rd Cavalry Regiment depicting two crossed sabers with "3" above and "C" below, center of field. No maker's marks. Housed under glass in a burl wood frame. Flag – 18 1/4" H x 24" W. Sight – 20 1/2" H x 28 3/4" W. Framed – 23" H x 28 5/8" W. Circa 1889-1891. Provenance: Purchased from Jeff R. Bridgman Antiques, Dillsburg, PA, in 2002. Private Crossville, TN collection. Note: These flags are thought to have been special ceremony flags used at Fort Sheriden or at the Presidio in San Francisco in dress parades. Regardless, few have ever surfaced and they are all of the same configuration with different cavalry units. 42-stars were official for only two years, 1889-1891. CONDITION: Overall good condition with areas of stains, fraying, holes, largest 1/2", to be expected from age and manner of use.
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