36-Star American Flag with History
Attributed, ca late 1864 to 1867, wool bunting machine-stitched US flag, commemorating the addition of Nevada as the 36th State of the Union. Measuring 50 x 33.5 in. and displaying the usual pattern of 13 individually sewn red and white stripes, plus adorned with 36 double-sided, appliqued white cotton stars configured in six rows of six arranged within an attractive but atypical canton of turquoise blue color. White cotton hoist with two brass grommets bears the old browned ink inscription Dr. Raymond / 626 13t St. / Oak., indicating the name and listed street address of Dr. Jonas C. Raymond of Oakland, California.
A practicing physician throughout the Civil War in Utica, NY, Dr. Raymond is known to have trained contract surgeons for the Federal Army. Born in 1823, he studied medicine at the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1851, and maintained an office in his birth state of New York until he moved to California in 1877 and eventually settled in Oakland, where he died in 1901 as an honored and respected member of the International Homeopathic Congress for over fifty years. It is believed that this flag flew outside of Dr. Raymond's office in Utica at the end of the War of the Rebellion and was carefully preserved and later loaned for an exhibition following his move to Oakland, CA.
Several holes and minor tear on the hoist, toning of the fabric.