|46 STARS WITH VARIED STAR POSITIONING ON AN ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG, 1907-1912, REFLECTS OKLAHOMA STATEHOOD
|Frame Size (H x L):||24.75" x 33.5"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||15.25" x 23.5"|
|46 star American national parade flag, printed on plain weave cotton. The stars of the flag are configured in staggered rows of 8-7-8-8-7-8, which is typical of this star count. These are arranged in a rectilinear fashion, but vary in position on their vertical axis. When the flag is viewed horizontally, note how those in the top and bottom rows are canted with one point directed in the 1:00 position. Moving toward the center, the stars in the next two rows appear at first glance to be tilted in the opposite direction, but upon closer inspection one may note that they are somewhat random. Those in the center two rows have stars that are consecutively point-up, point down, creating what I call “tumbling” or “dancing” orientation. This adds a nice element of folk quality to the design.
The 46th state, Oklahoma, joined the Union on November 16th, 1907, during Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency. Roosevelt had many friends in the Oklahoma Territory from his Rough Rider days and pushed it through to statehood. The 46 star flag became official on July 4th, 1908 and remained so until July 3rd, 1912. Many 46 star flags were made earlier, however, in great anticipation of the future addition of the state, which had previously been appointed to Native Americans.
Mounting: The textile was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert trained staff. We take great care in the mounting and presentation of flags and have preserved thousands of examples.
The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The mount was placed in a modern frame with a finish that is very dark brown, nearly black, with red with a red undertone and highlights, to which a black-painted and gilded Italian molding was added as a cap. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass.
Condition: There is very minor foxing and staining, but there are no significant condition issues.
|Collector Level:||Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving|
|Flag Type:||Parade flag|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1907|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1912|