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39-Star Antique American Flag with 'Whimsical' Star Pattern, 1889

$6,150

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This is a 39-star unofficial American flag, handmade and printed on cotton. The flag dates to 1889 and has a unique history, thanks to its rare star-count. The flag’s canton is printed in a deep royal blue, with 39 five-pointed white stars. The stars are arranged in six rows, with a 7/6/7/6/7/6 star configuration. The stars are "whimsically" dyed to the flag's canton, leading us to believe this is a homemade flag. Thirteen red and white alternating stripes, which represent the 13 original colonies, complete the flag’s design. The 39-star flag was never an official flag of America. The makers of 39-star flags gambled on the possibility of the Dakota Territory entering the Union without companions in 1877, and lost. Congress divided the Territory and admitted the North and South Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Idaho all together in 1889. As a result, this specific patriotic piece of American folk art is extremely unique. Condition: Flag is in good condition and flag is structurally stable. Several creases and light folds remain, mostly in centerfold, as expected with age and past use. Flag’s hoist is intact. Last two stripes are missing some fabric on fly end. Color is original and beautifully vibrant, especially in the blue canton. The flag has been archivally presented, mounted floating and framed in a custom-built wooden frame.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 40.5 in. (102.87 cm)Depth: 1.75 in. (4.45 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1889
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Flag is in good condition and flag is structurally stable. Several creases and light folds remain, mostly in centerfold, as expected with age and past use. Flag’s hoist is intact. Last two stripes are missing some fabric on fly end.
  • Seller Location
    Colorado Springs, CO
  • Reference Number
    Seller: F2251stDibs: LU909717735491

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    $400 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 1-4 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Washington, D.C., US
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 10 days of delivery.

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