Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): Approx. 21" x 25.5"
Flag Size (H x L): 12" x 16.5"
39 star American parade flag, printed on plain weave cotton. 39 star American national parade flag, printed on plain weave cotton. The stars are arranged in linear rows of 7-6-7-6-7-6. When viewed on the obverse (front), each star is canted just slightly to the right, so that one arm is directed in the 1:00 position. Note the brilliant, royal blue coloration of the canton, which is approximately square in shape. These traits lend nicely to the flag’s presentation, the condition of which has faded some, though in an attractive and endearing manner.

39 star flags were made at two different times in the late 19th century. The first were made in 1876 in anticipation of the addition of two new states. Only one of these was added (Colorado on August 1st), which brought the star count to 38. This meant that the 39 star flags made in this year were soon defunct. Thirteen years later, 39 star flags were made again with the anticipation of the addition of the Dakota Territory. On November 2nd of 1889, the Dakotas came in as two different states (North & South), which forever rendered 39 star flags both inaccurate and unofficial.

In some cases, flag makers may have saved the 1876 print designs and used them again in 1889. It is also possible that some 39 star flags may have remained in the stock rooms of flag-makers and dry goods stores for more than a decade, to be brought out again when the actual addition of the 39th state once again loomed on the horizon. This particular example may have been produced in either period, or possibly both, but whatever the case may be, the existence of 39 star flags is a classic display of both American capitalism and expansionist ideals for the growth of our nation.

Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by masters degree trained staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples; more than anyone worldwide.

The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The modern burled wood molding that has a Ralph Lauren sensibility, with a worn surface that is somewhat reminiscent of old leather. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass. Feel free to contact us for more details.

Condition: There is moderate fading of the red stripes throughout, though in an attractive manner, and there is very minor foxing and staining. There is a small tear in the white area along the hoist, adjacent to and running just slightly into the last white stripe, accompanied by two tiny holes further out, one in the same stripe and one just into the last red stripe below it. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 42
Earliest Date of Origin: 1876
Latest Date of Origin: 1889
State/Affiliation: South Dakota
War Association: 1866-1890 Indian Wars
Price: SOLD
E-mail: Inquire

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