Show your southern pride the old-fashioned way - with a cockade! Authentic silk ribbon and metal sequins are hand-sewn onto period-correct buckram. This is a repro of an original secession cockade.
Dimensions: Approximately 3" (7 cm) across rosette. Optional pin back is 1" (2.5 cm) long.
When South Carolina seceded from the Union in December 1860, two of the first flags associated with the newly independent state were red and white. Thus, red and white came to be known as the colors of the Confederacy. One source states that the white symbolized truth and purity and the red symbolized sacrifice.
Many secession cockades were made from red and white stripes. "Hats and bonnets of all sorts and sizes were made of straw or palmetto, and trimmed with the same. Most of them bore cockades of bright red and white (the "red, white, and red"), fashioned of strips knitted to resemble ribbons." ("Memories A Record of Personal Experience and Adventures During Four Years of War" by Fannie A. Beers) After the war the United Daughters of the Confederacy adopted a red and white striped ribbon as part of their insignia.
For more information on spangles, see my blog entry here:
People in the past wore a cockade to tell a story about themselves. I love researching what those stories were and why people wanted to tell them. People today have stories to tell too, so that's what motivates me to keep making cockades! What's your story and how can I help you tell it better?