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Colorado Statehood 38 Star American Parade Flag

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38 Star Antique American Flag With An Off-balace Medallion Configuration On A Brilliant Blue Canton, Made In The Period When Colorado Was The Most Recent State To Join The Union, 1876-1889. 38 star American parade flag, block-printed by hand on coarse, glazed cotton. The stars are arranged in a triple-wreath form of the medallion configuration, with a single center star and two stars flanking outside the basic pattern toward the fly end. Most circular medallion patterns exhibit four flanking stars beyond the consecutive wreaths, one in each corner. The inclusion of only two was intentional, allowing for the easy addition of two more stars. Flag-makers knew that more Western Territories were soon to be added and eagerly anticipated their arrival. Use of fewer than four outliers was popular in 38 star parade flags, but is rarely encountered in other star counts. Note the brilliant blue canton and how it contrasts with the striking, red-orange stripes. Most parade flags in this star count have red stripes that lean heavily toward orange, with a vibrant, chromatic luster, as-is the case here. This was common across printed flags produced between the 1850's and the 38 star period, phasing out in the last decade of the 19th century. Colorado became the 38th state on August 1st, 1876. This was the year of our nation’s 100-year anniversary of independence. Per the Third Flag Act of 1818, stars were not officially added until the 4th of July following a s*9tate's addition. For this reason, 37 was the official star count for the American flag in 1876. Flag-making was a competitive venture, however, and few flag-makers would have been continuing to produce 37 star flags when their competitors were making 38’s. It is for this reason that 38 and 13 stars (to represent the original 13 colonies) are more often seen at the Centennial International Exposition, the six-month long World’s Fair held in Philadelphia in honor of the event. Some flag-makers would have been adding a star for the 38th state even before it entered the Union, in the early part of 1876 or even prior. In fact, many makers of parade flags were actually producing 39 star flags, in hopeful anticipation of the addition of two more Western Territories instead of one. But the 39th state would not join the Union for another 13 years, when the Dakota Territory entered as two states on the same day. The 38 star flag became official on July 4th, 1877 and was generally used until the addition of the Dakotas in 1889. President Ulysses S. Grant was in office when the first 38 star flags would have appeared. The list of presidents serving during the period when the 38 star flag was actually official include Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison. Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples. The flag has been hand-stitched to a background d of 100% cotton twill, black in color, that has been washed and treated to reduce and set the dye. The solid walnut molding dates to the period between 1870 and 1890, has ebonized trim and retains its original gilded liner with resist decoration. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass. Condition: There is modest to moderate foxing and staining throughout, accompanied by minor to modest pigment loss in both the canton and stripes. There is an area of minor loss along the top stripe, near the fly end, and minor loss along the fly end itself. There are tiny tack holes along the hoist end, where the flag was once affixed to its original wooden staff. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use. Frame size (H x L): 20.5" x 27" Flag size (H x L): 11.75" x 17.75".

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)Width: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1876-1889
  • Condition
    See Item Description.
  • Seller Location
    York County, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 38j-11211stDibs: LU849721672422

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    Ships From: York County, PA
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