48 Star Antique Flagetts in Original Packaging | Circa 1930-1950

48 Star Antique Flagetts
48 Star Antique Flagetts
48 Star Antique Flagetts
48 Star Antique Flagetts

48 Star Antique Flagetts in Original Packaging | Circa 1930-1950


Frame Size (H x L): 9” x 14”
Flag Size (H x L): 3” x 8”

Offered is a group of forty-eight star flags that are still in their original packaging.  These “flagetts” were originally just ten cents and sold by the dozen.  They were manufactured by Enquire Products Company of New York, and were intended to be used for decorative use at parties and banquets.  The stars of each flag are in a rectilinear pattern, one in which the stars are aligned both horizontally and vertically.

The forty-eight star flag represents the inclusion of New Mexico and Arizona to the Union.  New Mexico was admitted on January 6th, 1912, and Arizona was admitted on February 14th, 1912.  The forty-eight star flag became official on July 4th, 1912.  Presidents Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower all served under this flag.  World Wars I and II, and the Korean War were all fought under it. 

Until 1912, flag makers were free to arrange the stars on a flag’s canton in any manner they liked.  However, on June 24th, 1912, President Taft issued Executive Order 1556, specifying that the star arrangement on forty-eight star flags should be a rectilinear 8-8-8-8-8-8 pattern.  It also specified the proportions of forty-eight star flags.  

Because flag makers had a great deal of freedom in how they made flags prior to this Executive Order, many forty-eight star flags do not have a linear and horizontal arrangement, particularly those made in the late 19th century and into the teens (i.e., up to WWI).  We note the 19th century, because many antique flags are anticipatory in nature.  Flag makers would regularly anticipate how many states would be added, and when they would be added.  By the late 1890s, flag makers began anticipating and offering a forty-eight star flag.  To support this notion, many antique flags have been shown in early photographs dating to the 1890s, or include 1890s dates printed directly thereon.       

The forty-eight star flag was official for forty-seven years up until July 4th, 1959, the time at which the forty-nine star flag became official and began to represent the inclusion of Alaska in the Union.

Conservation Process: This offering 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 packaging of the flags, it was first washed in a standard wash and then in a dye setting wash.  It is positioned behind Conservation Clear Acrylic (standard) or behind Optium Museum Acrylic (per request).

Frame: The frame is an antique oak frame.

Condition Report: The packaging and flags are nearly flawless.   

Collectability Level: The Good – Perfect for Beginning Collectors and Gifts  
Date of Origin: 1930-1950
Number of Stars: 48
Associated War: WWII and Korean War
Associated State: Arizona  

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