29-Star Printed Double-Medallion American Parade Flag, Celebrating Iowa Statehood, Circa 1847

This is a rare 29-star medallion American flag, celebrating the addition of Iowa to the Union. The flag is printed on glazed muslin, and has a spectacularly unique star pattern. A double medallion of stars surrounds a large central star. The large medallion consists of sixteen stars, the inner medallion consists of eight stars. Four oversized stars can be found in each corner. This flag design is completed by thirteen alternating red and white stripes, which represent the 13 original colonies. 

With twenty-nine printed stars, this flag commemorates the inclusion of Iowa to the Union.  Iowa was admitted on December 28th, 1846. This flag became official on July 4th, 1847 and was official until July 4th, 1848, at which time the thirty star flag became official and to represent the inclusion of Wisconsin to the Union.    

Twenty-nine star flags are extremely rare. They were only official for one year, so flag makers had a very small window of time to produce the flags. Additionally, prior to the Civil War, Americans did not typically display flags for patriotic purposes. The military did not use the flag regularly; it was not until 1834 that the army field artillery was permitted to carry the US flag and it was not until 1841 that regiments carried it.  For these reasons, flags made prior to the Civil War account for a very small percentage of flags. 


Very good overall condition with minor wear and discoloration. Glazed muslin. Flag 7" x 10". Conservation mounted in a custom frame.

Framed Dimensions: 16 H x  14 1/2 W x 2 D

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