|46 STAR ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG IN AN EXCEPTIONALLY SMALL SCALE AMONG ITS PIECED-AND-SEWN COUNTERPARTS, REFLECTS OKLAHOMA STATEHOOD, CIRCA 1907-1912:
|Frame Size (H x L):||40.25" x 59"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||29" x 47.5"|
|46 star American national flag in a tiny and very rare scale among its counterparts of the period with pieced-and-sewn construction. The 46th state, Oklahoma, joined the Union on November 16th, 1907, during Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency. Roosevelt had many friends in the Oklahoma Territory from his Rough Rider days, and pushed it through to statehood. The 46 star flag became official on July 4th, 1908 and remained so until July 3rd, 1912. Many 46 star flags were made earlier, however, in great anticipation of the future addition of the state, which had previously been appointed to Native Americans.
The canton and stripes of the flag are made of wool bunting that has been pieced by machine. The stars are made of cotton and are double-appliquéd (sewn to both sides) with a zigzag machine stitch. These are configured in staggered rows of 8-7-8-7-8-8, with all of the rows staggered, which is somewhat unusual for this star count. Typically the rows of lineal patterns of 46 stars have staggered rows of stars in these number, but the two rows of 8 that, by necessity, appear next to one-another in line, are justified.
There is a sailcloth canvas binding along the hoist with two white metal grommets. Along this “4 x 2 ½” was inscribed in pencil, near the top, on the obverse, to indicate size in feet.
Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples.
The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed molding is Italian. The glazing is U.V. protective plexiglass. Fell free to contact us for more details.
Condition: There is minor soiling along the hoist and in the stars. There is minor mothing throughout, accompanied by two areas of modest mothing, one near the bottom, fly end corner of the canton and one at the hoist end of the 5th red stripe.
|Collector Level:||Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything|
|Flag Type:||Sewn flag|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1907|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1912|
|Price:||Please call (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281|