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37 Star American Flag - 1867 - 1877 - Americana - Framed Silk Parade Flag
Lovely old American printed, silk, parade flag. The 37 star flag became official on July 4, 1867 with the recognition of Nebraska statehood. Three Presidents served under this flag, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes. This remained the official flag for ten years, until July 4, 1877, when the 38 star flag recognized Colorado statehood. These 37 star flags were the ones carried in GAR Parades just after the Civil War, they are uncommon.
Printed flags became popular after 1840 and were generally used as hand-wavers. Today, they are highly desirable because of their small size since they are easy to display. In fact, many serious collectors specialize in printed parade flags.
Prior to 1812 there was no set star pattern, so flags were open to individual interpretation and design. This example is not the one most commonly shown as the 37 star flag which has two rows of 8 stars (top and bottom) flanking three rows of 7 stars. Rather, it displays three rows of 6 stars, then a row of 7 stars with two more rows of 6 stars beneath; every other star canted at an angle giving the whole a delightful, lively look.
CONDITION is as shown, please look at the pictures. There is overall toning, and there are splits and small holes consistent with appropriate period use. The flag was mounted and framed by a gallery in Westport, Connecticut. The flag measures approximately 34 1/2" x 24". The dimensions of the frame are 41 1/2" x 30 1/2".
One of the things that I am always struck with when looking back over the history of 'Old Glory' is that no matter how she is depicted, she is instantly recognizable. Long may she wave!
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