23-Star Centennial Celebration Flag, Circa 1876

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This 23-star count flag normally dates back to 1820, when James Monroe was President, and Maine joined the Union as the 23rd state.  However, the mode of construction of this flag suggest it was made around the time of the Civil War -- possibly to show patriotic support for Maine and the Union cause.  

Maine was admitted into the Union as the 23rd state on March 15th, 1820, and the 23-star flag represented the nation until Missouri entered the Union on August 10, 1821. Over this brief period of approx. 5 months, few 23-star flags were made, and very few have survived up until now. Based on materials and construction, this flag was likely fabricated c. 1860s-1880.

The flag is made of wool with 23 hand-cut, machine-sewn, double-applique stars configured in 5/4/5/4/5 horizontal rows. The fly is constructed of 13 machine-sewn stripes. Jute rope runs through the hoist end of flag. 

Unframed Size: 26 1/2"x 35 1/2"

Framed: 43 3/4" H x 52" W x 3" D

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