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.