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45 star American parade flag, printed on cotton bunting, with a beautiful, triple-wreath style medallion configuration of stars. This highly desired star pattern is seen primarily in flags made between the Civil War (1861-65) and the Nation�s Centennial (1876). Medallion star patterns are extremely rare, however, in flags with greater than 38 stars, and that is one reason why this particular example is highly desired by advanced collectors. There are many medallion styles known among parade flags with 38 stars and fewer, but only six styles are known with greater than 38 stars (after 1889). Note how the stars in this example are large and abnormally fat, taking up most of the canton. Each star is tilted on its vertical axis so as to fit into the neighboring stars. In addition, the proportions of the flag are rather square. All of these traits add to this flag�s tremendous folk appeal. Utah became the 45th state in 1896. It had been attempting to gain statehood for many years, but remained a territory, primarily due to the fact that the Mormon Church and Utah authorities continued to be openly tolerant of polygamy. In 1890, Mormon Church President Wilford Woodruff published a manifesto that denounced the contract of �any marriages forbidden by the law of the land�. This gave way to Utah�s 1896 acceptance. The 45 star flag was generally used from that year until 1907, when Oklahoma joined the Union. Due to the Spanish-American War (1898) and Teddy Roosevelt�s famous world tour of the �White Fleet� (launched in 1907), this was an extremely patriotic period. Mounting: The flag has been hand-stitched to a background of 100% cotton twill, black in color. The cotton 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. The flag was ten placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. 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: 1896-1907
Condition: There is a vertical tear with associated loss near the bottom of the hoist end, accompanied by a few other more minor holes throughout, but the overall condition is a 9 of of 10. Many collectors prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Measurements: frame: 28.25" x 35" flag: 17.5" x 24.5"
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Price: Sold
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