44 STARS, WYOMING STATEHOOD, 1890-1896, RARE IN THIS PERIOD WITH A WREATH CONFIGURATION:
44 star American parade flag with triple wreath medallion star configuration, printed on cotton. This highly desired star pattern is seen primarily in flags made between the Civil War (1861-65) and the Nationís Centennial (1876). Medallion configurations, however, are extremely rare in flags with greater than 38 stars, and that is one reason why this particular stars and stripes is so highly sought after by advanced parade flag collectors.
Note how the orderly circular arrangement of such a large star count is reminiscent of a clear summer night sky, filled with stars. Also note that the proportions of the flag are rather square, which provides some additional visual impact to this great example of 19th century flag-making. The hoist end is bound with hand-stitching.
The 44th state, Wyoming, gained statehood on July 10th, 1890. Many flag makers would have began to add a 44th star to their flags on or before that day, and the 44 star flag would have generally seen use until the addition of Utah in 1896.
Mounting: Then flag has been hand-sewn to a background of 100% cotton twill, black in color. The cotton was washed to remove excess dye. An acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. The flag was then placed in a black painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. The front is U.V. protective acrylic.
Condition: There is very minor staining but there are no serious condition issues.