Original U.S. 1890 Indian Wars 42 Star American Flag - 30" x 47"

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Now these are hard to come by! A "Flag that Never Was"! The late 19th century was a very busy time for flag makers, as many new states were ready to join the union. In November 1889, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Montana were all admitted to the union. The previous 38 star flag would then be replaced by a new national flag on the next July 4th, as was the tradition.

To get a jump start on production, flag makers started to produce 42 star flags, so they could be ready for July 4th. Idaho had also applied for statehood, but it was assumed that it would not be admitted until after July 4th. Unfortunately for the flag makers, President Benjamin Harrison signed into law the admission of Idaho as the 43rd state on July 3rd, meaning that all of the 42 star flags were "unofficial" and had to be discarded, as such they are extremely rare.

This fine flag is the first 42 star example we have ever offered. This United States National Flag is in an easily displayable 30" x 47" size, and looks to be made from dyed silk, or possibly rayon, which had been in production in the U.S. since 1846. The two short ends are stitched, while the longer sides are the edge of the weave, and did not need stitching to secure them.

A very nice example, ready to display!

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