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  45 STARS IN LINEAR ROWS, WITH “DANCING” OR “TUMBLING” ORIENTATION, ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN PARADE FLAG, 1896-1908, SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR ERA, REFLECTS UTAH STATEHOOD

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): Approx. 24.75" x 35.5"
Flag Size (H x L): 15.25" x 26"
Description....:
45 star American national parade flag, printed on fine cotton bunting. The stars are arranged in linear rows of 8-7-8-7-8-7, but are oriented consecutively point-up, point down in their vertical alignment, resulting in what I call “tumbling” or “dancing” formation.

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 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 background is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The two part frame consists of a cove-shaped molding that is very dark brown in color, almost black, with red undertones and highlights, to which a black-painted and gilded Italian molding was added as a cap. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective. Feel free to contact us for more details.

Condition: Excellent. There is extremely minor foxing and staining, but there are no significant condition issues.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 45
Earliest Date of Origin: 1896
Latest Date of Origin: 1908
State/Affiliation: Utah
War Association: 1898 Spanish American War
Price: SOLD
 

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