31 Star Antique American Flag,
Rare California Flag
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.
The flag is entirely hand sewn and made of homespun cotton with natural hand made dyes to make the red and blue colors.
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 I have seen in over twenty years of flag collecting.
When you discover a rare and unusual flag like this fine example, this one is unlike most others. When a State joined the “Union” elaborate ceremonies were held usually at the new states capital city, where the new Governor and Senators and other state dignitaries were present to celebrate the entry of the state into the “Union” this is one of those celebration examples.
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
Presidents who served during this time in American history are: Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan.
Flag size is 57” x 70”
Frame size is 68” x 80” (Outside dimension)
Archival framing, custom made all wood frame with UV acrylic.
With Certificate of Authenticity
Acquired from along time flag collector who bought it 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.
Asking price, $24,500.00