45 Star Antique Parade Flag with Staggered Stars in a 8-7-8-7-8-7 Pattern | Circa 1896-1907

45 Star Antique Parade Flag with Staggered Stars in a 8-7-8-7-8-7 Pattern
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45 Star Antique Parade Flag with Staggered Stars in a 8-7-8-7-8-7 Pattern
45 Star Antique Flag with Staggered Stars 2.jpg

45 Star Antique Parade Flag with Staggered Stars in a 8-7-8-7-8-7 Pattern | Circa 1896-1907

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Frame Size (H x L): 21” x 17”
Flag Size (H x L): 4” x 7” and Affixed to a 11” Staff 

Offered is a forty-five star flag made of glazed cotton.  The stars are arranged in a centered 8-7-8-7-8-7 pattern.  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 beautiful frame is black with a gold liner.   

Condition Report: This flag has stains under its canton, but still presents very nicely.  Many collectors prefer flags that have a patina and show their use.

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

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