26-Star American Flag, with Printed Stars and Hand-Sewn Stripes, Circa 1837 -1845.

This is an original 26-star American flag, with printed stars and hand-sewn stripes. The flag dates from 1837 to 1845.

The 26th star represents Michigan, which was admitted as the 26th state on July 4, 1837. This flag was official until 1845, the year before the start of the Mexican American War. The canton uniquely rests on a red stripe, which by tradition often denotes America being at war. 

There is a recent tag attached which states the flag belongs to "James R. Arrott and flew over the American Consul in Dublin". James Arrott is listed by the US Congressional record as a consul in Dublin in the 1850's. No markings were seen on flag.


Overall good with excellent color. Numerous reductions from insect damage that doesn't affect aesthetics. Blue bunting with painted white 6-1/2"stars. Flag is hand sewn, with a 2" cord-edged hoist made of linen and 3 large hand-whipped eyelets. Hoist is mostly intact, with some reductions, tears, and openings. Flag measures 108" H x 175"W. Unframed. Sold as-is.


From the personal estate collection of John W. Armiger Jr.

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