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31-STAR, Pre-Civil War, California Statehood, “GREAT STAR” Pattern Parade Flag

This is a 31 star American national parade flag, printed on cotton celebrating California becoming the 31st state in 1850. The 31 star flag became official on July 4th, 1851, and remained so until July 3rd, 1858. The stars of the flag are arranged in what is known as the "Great Star" pattern – an extremely desirable design.

Because it is such a beautiful design, many collectors consider it the "Rolls Royce" of geometric configurations. Because there was no official star design until 1912, the pattern was left up to the whims of the flag-maker.

Brief History of the Great Star Design:
The Great Star pattern is thought to have come about shortly after the War of 1812, when Congressman Peter Wendover of New York requested that Captain Samuel Reid, a War of 1812 naval hero, create a new design that would become the third official format of the Stars & Stripes.

Although President Munroe did not embrace Reid's "Great Star" design -- it was nevertheless produced by anyone willing to make it and its rarity today, along with its beauty, has made it one of the most desirable patterns of all American flags.

This is a 31 star American national parade flag, printed on cotton celebrating California becoming the 31st state in 1850. The 31 star flag became official on July 4th, 1851, and remained so until July 3rd, 1858. The stars of the flag are arranged in what is known as the "Great Star" pattern – an extremely desirable design.

Because it is such a beautiful design, many collectors consider it the "Rolls Royce" of geometric configurations. Because there was no official star design until 1912, the pattern was left up to the whims of the flag-maker.

Brief History of the Great Star Design:
The Great Star pattern is thought to have come about shortly after the War of 1812, when Congressman Peter Wendover of New York requested that Captain Samuel Reid, a War of 1812 naval hero, create a new design that would become the third official format of the Stars & Stripes.

Although President Munroe did not embrace Reid's "Great Star" design -- it was nevertheless produced by anyone willing to make it and its rarity today, along with its beauty, has made it one of the most desirable patterns of all American flags.

31-STAR, Pre-Civil War, California Statehood, “GREAT STAR” Pattern Parade Flag

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COUNTRY: United States
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1850-1858
CONDITION: Good. This flag is printed on cotton and is in very good condition with moderate age appropriate fading and staining. This particular flag has been beautifully hung and framed for display in an office or home – using the finest archival procedures and materials. This flag was privately acquired from a Southern college professor having been in his family’s possession for well over 100 years..
WEAR: Wear consistent with age and use
HEIGHT: 39 in. (99 cm)
WIDTH: 4 ft. 2.5 in. (128 cm)
DEALER LOCATION: Colorado Springs, CO
NUMBER OF ITEMS: 1
REFERENCE NUMBER: LU90971010780

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