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46 star American national flag in a very small size for a flag of the period (1907-1912). 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.

In early America, Stars & Stripes flags with pieced-and-sewn construction, like this one, were typically large in order to serve their purpose as signals. Until the 1890�s they generally measured between eight and twenty feet in length, sometimes even larger. Six and five-foot examples became more prevalent afterwards, but American national flags bearing the full star count (excluding 13 star flags) and measuring just four feet on the fly, remained extraordinarily scarce until the 1920�s.

The canton and stripes of the flag are made of wool bunting that has been pieced with machine stitching. The cotton stars are double-appliqu�d (sewn to both sides of the canton) with a zigzag, machine stitch. There is a twill cotton header with two brass grommets for hoisting.

Mounting: The flag has been hand-stitched to 100% silk organza on every seam for support. The flag was then stitched to a background of 100% cotton, black in color. The background fabric was washed to remove 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 front is u.v. protective acrylic.

Condition: There is minor mothing throughout with associated fabric loss, accompanied by moderate staining in the top, fly-end corner. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 1st Half 20th Century (1901 -1949)
Date: 1907-12
Origin: American
Condition: see description
Measurements: flag: 28.5" x 48", frame: 40" x 60"
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Price: SOLD
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