32 star Extremely rare flag from 1858. The flag is hand sewn and the stars are arranged in a pattern called a medallion. The larger center star is the star signifying the new state that has just entered the “union”
This 32 star flag is a spectacular example of an antique American flag and is truly a showpiece. Hand sewn antique flags are quite hard to find and one with this rare star arrangement is even much more rare.
When I find a flag like this it usually was the flag used for the new states celebration into the union with the governor and other state dignitaries in attendance. The 32nd state is Minnesota it was voted into the union on may 11th 1858 as with all states it became official on July 4th 1858. The president was James Buchanan. What the flag maker was trying to do was be true to the directions in the constitution in making a flag…”alternating red and white stripes and the stars arranged as a new constellation…(in the sky). In the history of the world, no country had the people governing the people. Only kings, dictators, despots ruled countries.
Condition; The flag is made cotton. It has the original staff ties still attached. The fly end has been hemmed. Numerous stains and discolorations throughout the flag. The large center star is placed in an up-side-down position. Several hand sewn repairs in the corners. Some seam separation top left. Half circle rip in center. Overall in nice stable condition for being 159 years old.
Museum framing with UV acrylic Historical Americana