A 34-Star 'Great Luminary' American Flag commemorating Kansas statehood, Civil War era
Hand-sewn, double appliqued cotton stars on seven-part wool bunting canton in a 'Great Star' or 'Grand Luminary' pattern, hand-sewn wool bunting stripes, canvas hoist with
hand-sewn grommets, hoist embroidered with the initials, "S.B."
10 ft. x 15 ft.
Literature: Kevin Keim & Peter Keim, A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags (2007), 122-123.Note: The 'Grand Luminary' pattern became popular during the Civil War, with the single large star comprised of smaller stars evoking national unity. Also common to the Civil War are extremely large Flags boldly declaring allegiance and inspiring patriotism.