37 Star Antique American Flag with Tumbling Stars | A Beautifully Preserved Example | Circa 1867-1877

37 Star Antique American Flag with Tumbling Stars
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37 Star Antique American Flag with Tumbling Stars
37 Star Antique American Flag 2.jpg

37 Star Antique American Flag with Tumbling Stars | A Beautifully Preserved Example | Circa 1867-1877

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Frame Size (H x L): 33” x 46”
Flag Size (H x L): 23” x 36”

Offered is a thirty-seven star flag printed on silk.  The stars are arranged in a 6-6-6-7-6-6 pattern.  And they are further arranged in a tumbling orientation, as a result of some stars being positioned in the normal orientation, while others are positioned in canted orientations.  The stripes are bright red, and the canton is a deep, rich blue.  This flag is in a beautifully preserved state, and is a perfectly sized mantel piece.    

The thirty-seven star flag represents the inclusion of Nebraska to the Union.  Nebraska was admitted on March 1st, 1867, and this flag became official on July 4th of the same year.  The thirty-seven star flag was the official flag during a portion of the Reconstruction era, and a portion of the Indian Wars era.  Presidents Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes all served under this flag. 

Thirty-seven star flags are scarce, relative to thirty-six and thirty-eight star flags.  This is because of a lack of major patriotic events following the Civil War and preceding the centennial.  This is further because thirty-eight star flags were often used to celebrate the centennial, instead of the thirty-seven star flag, even though it was the official star count in 1876.  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 thirty-seven star flag was official until July 4th 1877, the time at which the thirty-eight star flag became official and began to represent the inclusion of Colorado 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.  The frame is gold in color, substantial, and beautiful.     

Condition Report: This flag has a tiny pinhole near the upper portion of the fly end, and has some minor creases, most of which will likely go away with time.  In all, this is one of the cleanest and brightest Reconstruction Era flags that we have encountered.

Collectability Level: The Great – Perfect for Rising Collectors  
Date of Origin: 1867-1877  
Number of Stars: 37
Associated War: The Indian Wars (1860-1890)   
Associated State: Nebraska   

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