These silk flank markers, reportedly manufactured by Tiffany & Company, were presented to the 131st Regiment NY Volunteer by Horace Day at Annapolis, Maryland, in the fall of 1862. Pieced together with red, white, and blue silk in the U.S. national pattern (34 stars) with hand-sewn, 1/8-inch, French seams, each flag in the pair features the regiment’s designation embroidered in the center red stripe. The flag on the right received a netting treatment in 1971. Not a recommended treatment by today’s standards, the netting obscures construction details, creates a stiffer hand, a false sense of fabric stability, and stress holes in the delicate silk.
See the 131st Infantry Regiment History Page for more information about the unit.New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History