45 Star Antique Flag with Notched Star Pattern and Great Patina | Circa 1896-1907

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45 Star Antique Flag - BONSELL | AMERICANA
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45 Star Antique Flag with Notched Star Pattern and Great Patina | Circa 1896-1907

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Frame Size (H x L): 28.5” x 43.5”
Flag Size (H x L): 20” x 35”

Offered is a forty-five star flag made of glazed cotton.  The stars are arranged in an interesting 6-8-8-8-8-7 pattern, which leaves notches in three of the four corners of the canton.  Further, this flag is exaggerated in its length, which results in a folksy and desirable appearance.  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.  The frame is gold in color, substantial, and beautiful.    

Condition Report: The canton and stripes have fading and foxing.  It further includes several small tears and stains.  Still it presents very well.  Many collectors prefer flags that show their use and age.

Collectability Level: The Great  
Date of Origin: 1896-1907  
Number of Stars: 45
Associated War: The Spanish-American War (1898) 
Associated State: Utah  
  

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