45 Star Antique Flag with Staggered Rows of Stars and Elongated Proportions | Utah Statehood | Circa 1896-1907

45 Star Antique Flag | Utah Statehood
45 Star Antique Flag | Utah Statehood
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45 Star Antique Flag | Utah Statehood
45 Star Antique Flag | Utah Statehood
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45 Star Antique Flag with Staggered Rows of Stars and Elongated Proportions | Utah Statehood | Circa 1896-1907

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Frame Size (H x L): 30” x 45”
Flag Size (H x L): 19” x 34”  

Offered is a forty-five star parade flag that is printed on cotton bunting.  Its stars are arranged in a tightly packed 8-7-8-7-8-7 pattern, and the rows thereof are staggered.  The canton is a rich blue, and the stripes are a rich red.  Adding to the appeal of this flag is its relatively large size, its elongated overall form, and its elongated canton.  At the time that this flag was made, formal flag proportions had not yet been adopted.  The proportions of the flag were not defined until 1912, the time at which President Taft issued Executive Order 1556.   

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 Conservation Clear Acrylic (standard) or behind Optium Museum Acrylic (per request).

Frame: This offering is in our Medium Black with Gold Accents Frame.  However, it can be reframed and would look great using any one of our Medium or Large Frames, which are shown in the final two images.  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 exhibits some staining.  This flag was originally attached to a staff with nails.  Thus, there are holes along the hoist edge.  Many collectors prefer these signs of age and use.

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

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