38 Star Antique Flag with Stars Arranged by Columns and a Cornflower Blue Canton | Circa 1876-1889

38 Star Antique Flag with Stars Arranged by Columns and a Cornflower Blue Canton
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38 Star Antique Flag with Stars Arranged by Columns and a Cornflower Blue Canton
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38 Star Antique Flag with Stars Arranged by Columns and a Cornflower Blue Canton | Circa 1876-1889

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Price: Call 618-553-2291, or email info@bonsellamericana.com  
Frame Size (H x L): 22” x 27”
Flag Size (H x L): 12” x 17”   

Offered is a thirty-eight star parade flag printed on cotton bunting.  The stars are arranged by columns.  There are six stars in the first, third, fourth, and sixth columns, and there are seven stars in the second and fifth columns.  While this arrangement initially appears to be somewhat random, notice that the stars actually define an inner box, a middle box surrounding the inner box, and an outer box surrounding the middle box.  This is sometimes referred to as a box-in-a-box-in-a-box pattern.

The stars are canted in various different directions, some of which are canted to the 11:00 position and some of which are canted to the 1:00 position, for example.  The canting of the stars, in combination with the box-in-a-box-in-a-box pattern, tends to define a spiral like pattern when viewed from the centered and moving outwards.      

The canton of the flag is a beautiful cornflower blue, and its stripes are a deep red.  The First Flag Act of 1777 specified the number of stripes and the colors of the flag, but did not specify the exact shades of each color, which is why some flags—like this one—have an unusually light blue canton.  The exact shades were not officially specified until 1934.     

The thirty-eight star flag represents the inclusion of Colorado to the Union.  Colorado was admitted on August 1st, 1876 and this flag became official on July 4th, 1877.  Presidents Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, and Harrison all served under this flag.  Colorado became known as the “Centennial State,” a result of becoming official just twenty-eight days after the centennial.  The official star count for US flags in 1876 was the thirty-seven star flag.  However, it was common for flag makers to produce anticipatory flags in advance of their official date, making the thirty-eight star flag—and for historical reasons, the thirteen star flag—the most common flags flown in 1876.       

The thirty-eight star flag was official until July 4th, 1890, the time at which the forty-three star flag became official and began to represent the inclusion of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Idaho to the Union.

Conservation Process: This flag was hand sewn to cotton fabric, and both were hand sewn to a mounting board.  To prevent the black dye in the cotton fabric from seeping into the flag, it was first washed in a standard wash and then in a dye setting wash.  The flag is positioned behind a UV resistant acrylic, and spaced apart therefrom using spacers. 

Frame: This offering is in our Large Black and Gold Frame.  However, it can be reframed and would look great using any one of our Medium or Large Frames, which are shown in the final two images.  The pricing associated with the different framing options may vary.  Reframing of an offering may delay shipment by up to two weeks.   

Condition Report: This flag has some very, very minor stains, but is otherwise flawless.   

Collectability Level: The Best – Perfect for Advanced Collectors  
Date of Origin: 1876-1889  
Number of Stars: 38   
Associated War: The Indian Wars (1860-1890)
Associated State: Colorado  

 

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