38 Star Antique Parade Flag with a Tightly Packed 6-7-6-6-7-6 Star Pattern | Colorado Statehood | Circa 1876-1889

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38 Star Antique Parade Flag with a Tightly Packed 6-7-6-6-7-6 Star Pattern | Colorado Statehood | Circa 1876-1889

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Price: Call 618-553-2291, or email info@bonsellamericana.com 
Frame Size (H x L): 38” x 34”
Flag Size (H x L): 13” x 22” and Affixed to a 26” Staff 

Offered is a large thirty-eight star parade flag made of glazed cotton.  The stars are arranged in a 6-7-6-6-7-6 pattern.  The second and sixth stars in the second row are canted, and likewise the second and sixth stars in the fifth row are also canted.  Such a star pattern may have been the result of a flag maker who squeezed the canted stars onto an older thirty-six star stamp. 

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 during the centennial celebrations of 1876.       

The nation’s centennial in 1876 inspired patriotism across the county and reunited its citizens.  Cities of all sizes hosted parades and celebrations, and buildings and homes were canvased in red, white, and blue with flags being the primary symbol of national pride.  The most notable celebration was the Centennial International Exposition in Philadelphia.  In just six months, the Exhibition hosted nearly 10 million visitors, and included many extraordinary exhibits, including the introduction of the Corliss Steam Engine and Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. 

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 X-Large Distressed Gold Frame.  However, it can be reframed and would look great using any one of our Large or X-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: The flag has staining and foxing throughout is obverse.  It also has some minor holes and tears, most notably in the first white stripe from the top, adjacent to the fly end.  Many collectors prefer flags that show their use and age.

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

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