Early War Confederate Lance Pennant

Polished cotton, approx. 10.5 x 16 in., hand-sewn flag with 11 four-pointed stars stitched on one side of canton. Hand-sewn red and white stripes. Flag historian Gregg Biggs has recently alerted us that our previous description (that this pennant was of post-war vintage)  was likely incorrect and that this textile is almost certainly a rare Confederate lance pennant made by flag makers Hetty Cary and Laura Lacy of Richmond, Virginia  circa 1861. A wood-working firm in Richmond, Burger & Brother,  made the lances for these hoped-for units, and subcontracted with the Lacy sisters to make the pennants.  These were made for such units as the cavalry component of Wise's Virginia Legion.  The late William Albaugh depicted one in his book on Confederate edged weapons (as these were tied to pikes).  While the lance units never became popular, many of the pennants were ultimately issued as company guidons to existing cavalry units.  Examples of these pennants are curated in the collections of the Atlanta History Center, Pamplin Park, Chicago Historical Society and the Museum of the Confederacy (now the American Civil War Museum).


Partially mounted on board. Some areas of soiling, scattered holes/areas of separation. 

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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