|38 star American National parade flag, printed on cotton. This is an extremely rare example of a lineal pattern flag with a wreath or cluster of smaller stars inserted in the center. Only a handful of flags in this style are known to have survived, the colors of which are typically saturated and vibrant, like this example, in dark scarlet red and royal blue.
The particular wreath in the center of the configuration is really more of a pentagon with a single, center star. The reason for the choice of the design and 6 smaller stars is not known, though at least two other similar 38-star patterns are known that incorporate 4 small stars in the center of larger stars arranged in a lineal fashion. Whatever the case may be, quirky configurations like this one are highly prized by collectors.
The 38th state, Colorado, received its statehood on August 1st, 1876. This was the year of our nation�s centennial of independence from Great Britain. Although 37 was the official star count for the American flag in 1876, flag-making was a competitive venture, and no one wanted to be making 37 star flags when others were making 38�s. It is for this reason that 38 and 13 stars (to represent the original 13 colonies) are the two star counts most often seen at the Centennial International Exposition, the six-month long, World�s Fair event, held in Philadelphia in honor of the anniversary. The 38 star flag became official in 1877 and was generally used until the addition of the Dakotas in 1889.
Mounting: The black-painted, softwood molding dates to the period between 1870 and 1880, has a gilded liner and deep, serpentine profile with excellent early surface. The flag has been hand-stitched to a background of 100% cotton twill, black in color. The cotton 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. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass. |
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
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||19th Century (1801-1900)|
||Frame: 21.75" x 36.25" Flag: 12.75" x 17.5"
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