Designating Flag, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Department of West Virginia

Designating Flag, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Department of West Virginia

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Wool bunting pennant flag. Red field with a white border on all sides except for the hoist. Painted in the center of the flag is an eagle, in flight, facing the hoist. The eagle clutches and olive branch and three arrows in its talons. Eagle done in white pigment paint after sewing construction. White cotton hoist with no grommets. There is an inscription on each side of the hoist; one side reads "2nd Brg 1st Div Dept. of West Va" while the reverse reads "R C Toy 49 N 9th Phila." Machine stitching; center seam is flat-felled. Three twill tape loops on heading (top, center, and bottom).
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Object Name
flag, designating
date made
ca 1890-1897
Robert C. Toy
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (heading material)
paint (eagle material)
overall: 59 1/2 in x 43 3/4 in; 151.13 cm x 111.125 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Designating Flags
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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