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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 05/08/2003 09:42:01 EDT
Subject: Repro Flag Poles ala Ring Loops?

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Dave & Eric,

The issue of replicating period correct flag pole sections is an maatter which has vexed us greatly.

To elaborate, the regulation set of joints in the photograph opposite page 80 in JW Brown's work show what appear to tubes (probably brass) atop the joints, no flaring or re-enaforcement rings that I can see. But remember, this 'Old Guard' or first graduating class shot, is reported to have been an October 1861 image.

A lot of lessons were learned between October 1861 and April of '65 (see: Brown page 668 or Associate Hageman's close-up mentioned in this thread).

I'm sorry to say that we have nothing to substaniate the brass swivel loops seen on the three foot sections of screw-together poles of a later period.

I can say that many re-enactors have placed notches in their sapplings and some even in their taper'd sections in order to keep the waving flag from sliding up or down on their poles while conducting traffic (snd'g msgs).

Eric has the right idea with wanting the brass swiveling loops develo'd so as to attach the flag end ties! We generally believe it to be developed further down the time line, however.

Walt
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