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Description: 39 STARS, ELONGATED FORM WITH TWO SIZES OF STARS, NEVER AN OFFICIAL STAR COUNT, 1876: 39 star American parade flag, printed on cotton bunting. This is one of only three styles known that use stars in two different sizes to make columns of equal height. Equally interesting is the exaggerated length of the flag, which adds considerable to its already strong folk qualities. 39 star flags were made at two different times in the late 19th century. The first were made in 1876 in anticipation of the addition of two new states. Only one of these states was added (Colorado on August 1st), which brought the star count to 38. This meant that the 39 star flags made in this year were soon defunct. Thirteen years later, 39 star flags were made again with the anticipation of the addition of the Dakota Territory. On November 2nd of 1889, the Dakotas came in as two different states (North & South), which forever rendered 39 star flags both inaccurate and unofficial. In some cases, flag makers may have saved the 1876 print designs and used them again in 1889. It is also possible that some 39 star flags may have remained in the stock rooms of flag-makers and dry goods stores for more than a decade, to be brought out again when the actual addition of the 39th state finally loomed on the horizon. Because I have seen this style incorporated into patriotic quilts made for the centennial celebration, logic suggests that this flag to be of the earlier variety. In any event, the existence of 39 star flags is a classic display of both American capitalism and expansionist ideals for the growth of our nation. Mounting: Solid oak frame that date to the period between 1890-1920. 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. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1876
Origin: US
Condition: The red stripes have faded to a rusty orange coloration. There is a significant lateral tear in the lower center of the stripe field, accompanied by a moderate vertical split in the top center of the canton and very minor tears in three of the four corners. Extra stitches were added for support in these areas as needed. There is a minor water stain in the top fly end corner. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use. In addition, the flag presents beautifully.
Measurements: Frame: 20.75" x 32.25" Flag: 12" x 23.5"
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Price: SOLD
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