Rare antique Zouaves Re-union silk flag ~ Banner. Made of heavy silk with single line treadle stitching. Hand painted letters with gold paint. Conserved at one time in the past as it is mounted to a linen backing. As is condition. ZOUAVES in The Civil War Numerous Zouave regiments were organized from soldiers of the United States of America who adopted the name and the North Africaninspired uniforms during the American Civil War. in 1861 The Union army had more than 70 volunteer Zouave regiments throughout the conflict, while the Confederates fielded about 25 Zouave companies.[18 American Zouave uniforms The zouave uniform was sometimes quite elaborate, to the extent of being unwieldy. Some Zouave regiments wore a fez with a colored tassel (usually yellow, blue, green, or red) and turban, a tight fitting short jacket (some without buttons), a wide 10-foot-long (3.0 m) sash, baggy pantaloons or “chasseur” trousers, white leggings, and a short leather cuff for the calf, called jambieres. The sash was especially difficult to put on, often requiring the help of another zouave. The zouave uniform was better suited for warm climates and rough terrain. The loose pantaloons allowed for greater freedom of movement than trousers, while the short jacket was much cooler than the long wool blouse worn by most armies of the time. One of the reasons for the smaller number of zou ave units in the U.S. and Europe was the expense of the specialised uniform over that of mass-produced uniforms of a single color and cut. Post Civil War Zouaves gradually vanished from the U.S. military in the 1870s and 1880s, as the militia system slowly transformed into the National Guard. As an example, the Wisconsin militia still included one zouave unit in 1879 but the following year a standard Wisconsin Guard uniform was adopted and the traditional distinctions of title and dress ceased. After the Civil War, veteran groups sometimes dressed as zouaves during honor guard ceremonies such as funeral processions, since zouave dress was considered colorful and distinctive. Modern American Civil War reenactments often feature Zouave units. Silk starts to split and crack when its around 100 years old. Based on the wear and condition of this rare piece of Civil War memorabilia it appears to be circa 1880 to 1900 Rarity Rating: Rated on a scale of 1 to 10 10 being the most rare. This item rates a [ 8.5 ] For example, [ 1 ] Rated items are our lowest price items. [ 10 ] Rated items are rare and the highest price we offer. Please refer to item number when requesting info. Please email for price and shipping cost. Sizes are listed below the item number. Each flag comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. We only sell authentic genuine antique American Flags. All framed flags have high quality professional museum, framing, wood frames, all acid free, w/UV acrylic protection. Please refer to item number when requesting Pricing. Thank you for your interest. Shipping to 48 States only.
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