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   38 STARS, 1876-1889, SCATTERED STAR POSITIONING, COLORADO STATEHOOD


 

Description:
38 star American national parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton. The configuration of the canton, which contains three consecutive squares of stars, is lent additional folk quality through their scattered vertical alignment. Note how they point in various directions. 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 honor of the anniversary, in Philadelphia. The 38 star flag became official in 1877 and was generally used until the addition of the Dakotas in 1889. Mounting: The figured (quartersawn) oak frame dates to the period between 1890 and 1910. The flag has been stitched to 100% cotton twill, black in color, which has been washed to reduce excess dye. And acid free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. The front is U.V. protective acrylic.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1866-1890
Origin: US
Condition: There is moderate foxing and staining accompanied by minor fabric loss. Many collectors prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Measurements: Frame: 28.25" x 36" Flag: 18" x 26.25"
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Web-site: http://www.jeffbridgman.com
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