40 star American flag. Coarse, glazed cotton printed parade flag with 40 stars arranged in 7/6/7/6/7/6 horizontal rows. 17 ¾” x 12”. Professionally mounted and housed in a solid walnut molding with water gilded liner dating from 1860-1870, 21” x 27” overall. Very rare, unofficial star count. South Dakota, the 40th state, joined the Union on November 2, 1889, and was followed six days later by the 41st state, Montana, dating this flag to 1889. It has been suggested that there are likely less than 40 flags with 40 stars known to exist, with less than ten that are printed parade flags. An extremely rare survivor produced during a brief period of usage.
ORIGIN: United States, Montana
SIZE: 17 3/4 x 12", sight size 21" x 27"