This is an original antique 44-star United States flag waver, printed on cotton. The flag has an “8-7-7-7-7-8” star configuration, with the stars uniformly placed on the canton. The design is completed with 13 alternating red and white stripes.
By the last quarter of the 19th century, flag designs were constantly changing, as a result of the 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 waver 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 and no loss of fabric.
The 44-star flag is archivally presented floating on a dark grey bottom mat. It is housed in a custom black and silver frame. Frame dimension is 13 1/4" H x 18 3/4" W x 1 1/2" D.