|44 star American parade flag printed on coarse, glazed cotton. These are configured in rows of 8-7-7-7-7-8, with the top and bottom rows offset so that they resemble a broad hourglass. Although there was no official configuration until 1912, this attractive star design is often present on 44 star flags.
Note how the vertical orientation of each star alternates from one to the next so that they are consecutively point-up, point down, creating what I call a �tumbling� or �dancing� formation. Also note the vibrant coloration of both the red and blue pigments, which add a great deal to the flag's striking presentation, as well as the long and narrow profile, adds further interest. The combination of these attractive features results in a beautiful example of the period.
The 44th state, Wyoming, gained statehood on July 10th, 1890. Even though the 44 star flag was not official until July 4th, 1891, most flag-makers would have begun to add a 44th star to their flags as soon as Wyoming declared statehood, or perhaps even before the state was actually added. Because flag-making was a competitive venture, flag-makers did not want to be producing 43 star flags, for example, when their competitors were selling 44�s. The 44 star flag would have generally seen use until the addition of Utah in 1896.
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 and the fabric 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. |
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
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||19th Century (1801-1900)|
||There is minor foxing and staining, particularly in the upper hoist end quadrant. There is minor dye loss in the canton and light misprinting of blue pigment along the white area on the hoist, adjacent to and just below the canton. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age.|
||Frame: 29.5" x 45.75" Flag: 19.75" x 36"
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