44 Star Antique American Flag | Wyoming Statehood | Circa 1890-1896

44 Star Antique American Flag | Wyoming Statehood
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44 Star Antique American Flag | Wyoming Statehood
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44 Star Antique American Flag | Wyoming Statehood | Circa 1890-1896

550.00

Frame Size (H x L): 15” x 19.5”
Flag Size (H x L): 7” x 12”

Offered is a forty-four star flag printed on silk.  Until 1912, flag makers were free to arrange the stars on a flag’s canton in any manner they liked.  The stars of this flag are arranged in a lineal 8-7-7-7-7-8 pattern, in which the stars in the first, third, and fifth rows are canted to the 1:00 position, while in contrast, the stars in the other rows are canted to the 11:00 position. 

The forty-four star flag represents the inclusion of Wyoming to the Union.  Wyoming was admitted on July 10th, 1890, and this flag became official on July 4th, 1891.  Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland served under this flag. 

In 1889, Congress considered adding the Dakota Territory as a single state.  What happened, however, was that the Dakota Territory was split it into two states: North Dakota and South Dakota, and they were both admitted on November 2nd, 1889.  Soon thereafter, on November 8th, 1889, Montana was admitted as the forty-first state, and on November 11th, 1889, Washington was admitted as the forty-second.  When Congress went on break, flag makers began producing anticipatory forty-two star flags for the following July 4th, 1890.

To the surprise of many, on July 3rd, 1890—just one day before the forty-two star flag was going to be official—Congress admitted Idaho as the forty-third state.  As a result, the forty-two star flag never became official, but the forty-three star did.  Just a few days later, on July 10th, 1890, Congress admitted Wyoming as the forty-fourth state.  As a result of this rapid succession of state admissions, flag makers made large quantities of unofficial forty-two star flags and official forty-four star flags, but hardly any forty-three star flags (despite it being an official star count).

The forty-four star flag is relatively rare when compared to, for example, the forty-five star flag, as a result of it being used after the Centennial, but before the Spanish American War.  The forty-four star flag was the official flag for five years up until July 4th, 1896, the time at which the forty-five star flag became official and began to represent the inclusion of Utah in 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: The antique frame is white with gold decorations and accents.  Some slight repairs have been made to it.    

Condition Report: This flag has some minor stains, the most notable of which is on its canton.  It has some minor tears, but is stable and presents well. 

Collectability Level: The Good – Perfect for Beginning Collectors and Gifts Date of Origin: 1890-1896  
Number of Stars: 44
Associated State: Wyoming  
Associated War: The Indian Wars (1860-1890)   

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