Mourning cockade woven from palm fronds in the form of a palmetto tree, worn by civilians in memory of a fallen Confederate soldier. The cockade measures 3 ½” in length and has a wallpaper backing and black silk ribbon tied around the trunk portion of the tree. In 1861, the state of South Carolina altered its flag to include a palmetto tree as a symbol of defense and resilience. During the American Revolution, palmettos, which are ubiquitous to the South Carolina coast, provided much needed protection from British cannons at forts. The palmetto was a reminder of the strength of South Carolina and served as a poignant connection between the American Revolution and secession. A rare piece of South Carolina Confederate mourning memorabilia.
Comes housed in a 8 x 12 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.