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   38 STARS, MEDALLION CONFIGURATION WITH 2 OUTLIERS, COLORADO STATEHOOD, 1876-1889


 

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38 STARS, MEDALLION CONFIGURATION WITH 2 OUTLIERS, COLORADO STATEHOOD, 1876-1889:

38 star American parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton, with a medallion star configuration. Specifically, this is a triple-wreath design, with three consecutive circles of stars surrounding a single, center star. Typically there are 4 flanking stars outside this type of pattern, one in each corner. Note that there are only two flanking on this example. This was done intentionally to leave room for the easy addition of two more states. Flag-makers felt that more Western Territories were soon to be added to the Union and eagerly anticipated their arrival.

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 flag has been mounted in its correct vertical position, with the canton in the upper left. It has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton rag mat and placed in a solid walnut frame, of unusually high quality, that dates to the period between 1850 and 1870. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is u.v. protective.

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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
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Condition: There is minor foxing, staining, and fading, but there are no serious condition issues
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Web-site: http://www.jeffbridgman.com
Price: Sold
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