|45 STARS IN A "NOTCHED" DESIGN, LEAVING SPACE OPEN FOR THE FUTURE ADDITION OF THREE MORE WESTERN TERRITORIES, UTAH STATEHOOD, 1896-1908
|Frame Size (H x L):||10.25" x 7.25"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||2" x 3" on 6.25" staff|
|45 star American parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton and affixed to its original wooden staff.. The stars are arranged in a notched pattern, whereby three spaces are left open aong the hoist end for the three additional Western Territories that were yet to be added. By this period it was well known that Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico would eventually gain statehood and some flag-makers were creatively accommodating for this fact and perhaps pushing for the final completion of continental westward expansion.
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 solid walnut molding dates to the period between 1870 and the 1890's, has a single, gold line of fluting down the center, framed by an ebonized outer edge and inner lip. The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% hemp fabric. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass.
Condition: There is misprinting in the stars and there is very minor foxing.
|Collector Level:||Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving|
|Flag Type:||Parade flag|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1896|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1907|
|War Association:||1898 Spanish American War|