|45 STARS IN LINEAR ROWS, WITH “DANCING” OR “TUMBLING” ORIENTATION, ON A LARGE SCALE PARADE FLAG WITH AN ELONGATED PROFILE, 1896-1908, SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR ERA, UTAH STATEHOOD
|Frame Size (H x L):||Aprox. 29" x 44"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||18.75" x 33.75"|
|45 star American national parade flag, printed on cotton bunting. The stars are arranged in linear rows of 8-7-8-7-8-7, but are oriented consecutively point-up, point down in their vertical alignment, resulting in what I call “tumbling” or “dancing” formation. At 34" in length, the flag is rather large in scale among its counterparts. Note how the profile of the flag is more elongated than most, which contributes a significant degree of visual impact to the design.
Utah became the 45th state in 1896. It had been attempting to gain statehood for many years, but remained a territory, primarily due to the fact that the Mormon Church and Utah authorities continued to be openly tolerant of polygamy. In 1890, Mormon Church President Wilford Woodruff published a manifesto that denounced the contract of “any marriages forbidden by the law of the land”. This gave way to Utah’s 1896 acceptance. The 45 star flag was generally used from that year until 1907, when Oklahoma joined the Union. Due to the Spanish-American War (1898) and Teddy Roosevelt’s famous world tour of the “White Fleet” (launched in 1907), this was an extremely patriotic period.
Mounting: The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, which was washed to reduce excess dye. An acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye, which was heat-treated for the same purpose. The mount was then placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic.
Condition: There are some minor holes along and adjacent to the hoist end. There is a very minor nick along the top edge of the canton and there is minor staining in the center of the last white stripe, but there are no serious condition issues and the flag presents beautifully. many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
|Collector Level:||Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving|
|Flag Type:||Parade flag|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1896|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1908|
|War Association:||1898 Spanish American War|