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  38 STARS ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG, MADE DURING THE PERIOD WHEN COLORADO WAS THE MOST RECENT STATE ADDED TO THE UNION, 1876-1889

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 41" x 55.25"
Flag Size (H x L): 28.5" x 42.5"
Description....:
38 star American national parade flag, printed on coarse cotton. The stars, which are notably large among many of its counterparts in other star counts, are arranged in justified rows of 6-6-7-7-6-6. Note how this trait, plus the irregular weave of the fabric, the pleasant colors, and attractive, expected wear, contribute to a beautiful presentation.

Colorado became the 38th state on August 1st, 1876. This was the year of our nation’s 100-year anniversary of independence. Per the Third Flag Act of 1818, stars were not officially added until the 4th of July following a state's addition. For this reason, 37 was the official star count for the American flag in 1876. Flag-making was a competitive venture, however, and few flag-makers would have been continuing to produce 37 star flags when their competitors were making 38’s. It is for this reason that 38 and 13 stars (to represent the original 13 colonies) are more often seen at the Centennial International Exposition, the six-month long World’s Fair held in Philadelphia in honor of the event. Some flag-makers would have been adding a star for the 38th state even before it entered the Union, in the early part of 1876 or even prior. In fact, many makers of parade flags were actually producing 39 star flags, in hopeful anticipation of the addition of two more Western Territories instead of one. But the 39th state would not join the Union for another 13 years, when the Dakota Territory entered as two states on the same day. The 38 star flag became official on July 4th, 1877 and was generally used until the addition of the Dakotas in 1889.

President Ulysses S. Grant was in office when the first 38 star flags would have appeared. The list of presidents serving during the period when the 38 star flag was actually official include Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison.

Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by masters degree trained staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples; more than anyone worldwide.

The black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed molding is Italian. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic. Feel free to contact us for more details.

Condition: There is minor oxidation and staining throughout, accompanied by a moderate rust stain surrounding a lateral tear in the first star in the second row. There is a smaller tear in the blue canton above this and towards the hoist and at the fly end of the 3rd white stripe, and minor losses at the fly end in the other white stripes. There are a number of tony holes elsewhere and there are minor fading and pigment loss and bleaching, which is a bit more significant toward the fly end. The overall condition is very nice for such a large parade flag and the presentation is beautiful. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Collector Level: Intermediate-Level Collectors and Special Gifts
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 38
Earliest Date of Origin: 1876
Latest Date of Origin: 1889
State/Affiliation: Colorado
War Association: 1866-1890 Indian Wars
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire
 

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