Antique 31 Star Flag, California Flag
This Antique California Flag is spectacular, extraordinarily rare star arrangement for any antique flag plus the fact that this flag has 31 Stars and 14 stripes making it even more rare. 31 Star flags are very seldom seen and are highly prized by collectors.
Dates to the inclusion of California to the United States on September 9th 1850. It became an Official State on July 4th as with all States except Hawaii. When you discover rare and unusual flags like this fine example it is unlike all others. In my opinion from having dealt with flags for over twenty years, when a State joined the “Union” elaborate ceremonies were held usually at the new Capitol building where the Governor and Senators and other state dignitaries were present to celebrate the entry of the state into the “Union” this is one of those examples.
The flag is entirely hand sewn and made of homespun cotton with natural hand made dyes. The 31 Stars are arranged in a large wreath with one star in the center to symbolize the new state (California) and one star in each corner probably placed there for balance and visual appeal by the maker. Extremely rare star arrangement and the only one like this known to exist. The stars are made of linen and meticulously sewn to the canton. The flag has 14 stripes, which is pretty uncommon to find on a flag, however Vermont was the 14th State and the owner of the flag was the Governor of Vermont. There are a number of hand-sewn repairs and patches on the four corners.
Four of the original staff ties are still present. Numerous stains and discolorations throughout the flag, which are normal and consistent signs of, wear, age and use.
Truly a one of a kind prized example of an Antique American Flag
Flag size; 57” x 70” Frame size; 68” x 80 Museum conservation framing with UV acrylic
Acquired from a direct descendant of John L. Barstow the 39th Governor of Vermont. He served in that office from 1882 – 1884. He also was a Major in the Civil War.
#15698 Museum framing with UV acrylic Historical Americana