Scarce 40 Star Antique American Flag | South Dakota Statehood | Circa 1889

Scarce 40 Star Antique American Flag | South Dakota Statehood
Scarce 40 Star Antique American Flag | South Dakota Statehood
Scarce 40 Star Antique American Flag | South Dakota Statehood
Scarce 40 Star Antique American Flag | South Dakota Statehood

Scarce 40 Star Antique American Flag | South Dakota Statehood | Circa 1889

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Frame Size (H x L): 22” x 29”
Flag Size (H x L): 13.5” x 21”

Offered is an extremely scarce forty-star parade flag, dating to 1889.  Its stars are arranged in a 7-7-6-6-7-7 pattern.  The stars in the first, third, and fifth rows are canted to the 11:00 position, while the stars in the second, fourth, and sixth rows are canted to the 1:00 position.  This flag is printed on cotton. 

In 1889, the Dakota Territory was split it into two states: North Dakota and South Dakota, and they were both admitted on November 2nd, 1889.  Just six days later, on November 8th, 1889 Montana was admitted as the forty-first state (making the forty-star flag almost immediately obsolete).  And then, just three days later, on November 11th, 1889, Washington was admitted as the forty-second states (making the forty-one star flag almost immediately obsolete).  As a result of this rapid succession of state admissions, flag makers made large quantities of forty-two star flags, but hardly any forty or forty-one star flags.  In fact, there are only a few known examples of printed forty-star flags in circulation, and thus they are very desirable to even the most advanced of collectors.        

Of these known examples, printed forty-star flags come in four varieties.  The first variety is as shown in the images.  The second variety exhibits a 7-6-7-7-6-7 star pattern, and includes elongated stars and an unusual canton that extends down along the hoist strip.  The third variety is printed on coarse glazed cotton and exhibits a 7-6-7-7-6-7 star pattern.  And the fourth variety, which dates to 1868, is associated with the Greenback Party and is illustrated as item 343 in the Threads of History.  It includes a medallion star pattern, part of which is covered by an overstamp of currency.

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: The antique oak frame includes a decorated middle channel and rim.  It dates to the end of the 19th century. 

Condition Report: As shown in the images, this flag exhibits some fading and staining.  The most notable stains are positioned vertically in the center of the flag, positioned near the upper right of the canton, and positioned along the fly edge.  The bottom right of the flag exhibits a tear.  Despite all of this, this flag still presents nicely.       

Collectability Level: The Best – Perfect for Advanced Collectors   
Date of Origin: 1889  
Number of Stars: 40
Associated War: Indian Wars (1860-1890)   
Associated State: South Dakota   

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