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Catalog Number 0000.274
Description U.S. Flag, 1889. Silk fabric U.S. flag with 39 white stars on a blue ground and 13 red and white stripes. The stars are arranged in rows with the following counts from top to bottom: 6, 7, 7, 6, 7, 6. The edges of the flag are hemmed.
Object Name Flag
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title U.S. Flag, 1889
Date c. 1865-1867
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Notes "This Flag became the Official United States Flag on July 4th, 1865. A star was added for the admission of Nevada (October 31st, 1864) and was to last for 2 years. The only President to serve under this flag was Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)." [ 2/28/2017]

"There never was an 'official' 39 star U.S. flag. However, flag manufacturers betting on early sales misjudged in 1889 by believing the two Dakotas would be admitted as one state and the others would be delayed until after the 4th of July. Both Dakotas, Montana and Washington were made into states in November, 1889 and Idaho was admitted July 3, 1890! So any 39 star flags in existence were probably made in the fall of 1889." [ 2/25/2017]
Dimensions H-12 W-16.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Flags
United States
Subjects Flags