This is an original antique 44-star American flag, celebrating the addition of Wyoming to the Union. The flag has a “drum” star configuration, with the 44 stars arranged in 6 rows of 6-8-8-8-8-6 stars. The stars are uniformly placed on the canton. The design is completed with 13 alternating red and white stripes, to represent the original 13 states. The flag is printed on course-glazed cotton.
By the last quarter of the 19th century, flag designs were constantly changing, as a result of the number of number of states rapidly rising from 38 states in November 1889 to 44 states by July 1890. This flag was probably created in 1891 to celebrate the addition of Wyoming to the Union, during the time of the Indian Wars. Bills for Wyoming statehood were introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House in December 1889. The House passed the bill March 27, 1890. President Benjamin Harrison signed Wyoming's statehood bill, making Wyoming the 44th state.
The flag is in excellent condition with moderate age appropriate fading. The flag has minimal toning to the fabric and only minor discoloration, with nice bright color. No headband. Some folds and creases from past storage. Flag measures 13″ H x 20” W.
The 44-star flag is archivally presented floating on a dark grey bottom mat. It is housed in a custom black wooden frame.