45 Star Antique US Flag with a Very Unusual 8-7-8-7-7-8 Pattern | Circa 1896-1897

45 Star Antique US Flag with a Very Unusual 8-7-8-7-7-8 Pattern
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45 Star Antique US Flag with a Very Unusual 8-7-8-7-7-8 Pattern
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45 Star Antique US Flag with a Very Unusual 8-7-8-7-7-8 Pattern | Circa 1896-1897

1,450.00

Frame Size (H x L): 27” x 36”
Flag Size (H x L): 17” x 26”  

Offered is a forty-five star parade flag that is printed on glazed cotton, and that exhibits a very unusual 8-7-8-7-7-8 pattern.  The stars in the first, third and sixth rows are upside down, in that a single point of each star is facing downwards and two points are facing upwards.  Why stars are placed upside down on antique flags is unclear.  In at least some cases, flag makers probably did not consider any orientation of the stars to be “upwards” or “downwards,” and simply just placed them whichever they felt was correct.  The stars in the second and fourth rows are canted to the 1:00 direction, while the stars in the fifth row are canted to the 11:00 direction.  This is the first time that we have encountered such a pattern in a forty-five star flag, and is one that we find it quite beautiful.        

The forty-five star flag represents the inclusion of Utah to the Union.  Utah was admitted on January 4th, 1896, and this flag became official on July 4th, 1896.  Presidents Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, and Teddy Roosevelt served under this flag, and the Spanish-American War was fought under it. 

In 1848 Utah became a territory of the United States, and in 1849 its constitution was established as the Mormon State of Deseret.  The next year, the State of Deseret applied to become a state, but Congress rejected the application and changed its name to the Utah Territory, which included the entirety of Nevada and portions of Colorado and Wyoming (as a section of the Missouri Compromise).  Despite its continued efforts to gain statehood, it remained a territory, partially as a result of the Mormon Church and Utah authorities being openly tolerant of polygamy.  In 1890 Utah outlawed the practice, and in 1896 Utah finally became the forty-fifth state.  The forty-five star flag was official for 12 years up until July 4th, 1908, when the forty-six star flag became official and began to represent the inclusion of Oklahoma 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: This offering is in our Large Gold Frame.  However, it can be reframed and would look great using any one of our Large Frames, which are shown in the final image.  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 exhibits some very minor staining and some fading.  Many collectors prefer flags that show their use and age.

Collectability Level: The Best – Perfect for Advanced Collectors
Date of Origin: 1896-1907  
Number of Stars: 45
Associated War: Spanish-American War (1898)  
Associated State: Utah  

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