45 Star Antique Parade Flag with Notched Star Pattern | Utah Statehood | Circa 1896-1907

45 Star Antique Parade Flag with Notched Star Pattern
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45 Star Antique Parade Flag with Notched Star Pattern
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45 Star Antique Parade Flag with Notched Star Pattern | Utah Statehood | Circa 1896-1907

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Frame Size (H x L): 15.5” x 13”
Flag Size (H x L): 2.5” x 4” and Affixed to a 6” Staff

Offered is forty-five star parade flag made of glazed cotton.  Parade flags like this one were typically used for parades, celebrations, rallies, and inaugurations, to name just a few examples.  Its stars are arranged in an interesting 8-7-7-8-7-8 pattern, which leaves notches in the second, third, and fifth rows.  Such notches, in later flags, were filled with stars representing Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona, respectively.  Some flag makers strategically left such notches, so that their stamps could reworked and reused for higher star counts.

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 Medium Gold with Flat Profile Frame.  However, it can be reframed and would look great using any one of our Medium 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 has some minor staining and some fading in its canton.  Many collectors prefer flags that show their use and age.

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

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