40-Star American "Dakotas" Flag, Circa 1889

This 40-star American flag is very rare and celebrates the addition of North and South Dakota to the Union. 

The body of the flag is constructed of wool, with 40 machine-sewn, double-applique cotton stars configured in 8/8/8/8/8 horizontal rows. The fly is constructed of 13 machine-sewn stripes in alternating colors of red and white. The hoist is made of cotton and is banded with jute rope. 

The 40-star American flag is exceedingly rare due to the fact that most people anticipated the 39th state to be the Dakotas, not two separate states of North Dakota and South Dakota. South Dakota, the 40th state, joined the Union on November 2, 1889. The jump to 40 stars required people to rapidly adjust to the two Dakotas, but before people could produce 40-star flags in response, Montana joined the Union just 6 days later as the 41st state. Montana's introduction made 40 star flags obsolete almost immediately.  Therefore, very few 40 star flags exist today, as very few were produced.


The flag is in very good condition. Color is remarkably strong. All stars ate still attached. Scattered holes throughout flag, as expected with the flag's age and past use. Wear at top of hoist, patched area on bottom red stripe.  Unframed Size: 48"x 80".  

Flag has been archivally presented, mounted floating in a custom-built black wooden frame. Framed dimensions: 48"H x 80"W x 2"D. 

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