44-Star Medallion American Flag - Commemorating Wyoming, Circa 1891

This is a vertical 44-star triple medallion flag printed on cotton, circa 1891. The flag celebrates Wyoming statehood, which was granted in 1890. The star configuration features a triple medallion pattern with a center star and four outlying stars.

Wyoming was granted statehood on July 10, 1890 but was not officially represented on the American flag until 1891. Since 1818, it was customary for a new star, representative of a newly formed state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the statehood date. In this case, Wyoming was not represented on the flag until almost an entire year after their statehood date. The American flag flew with 44 stars for a period of 5 years, until Utah was admitted into the Union in 1896.

The star count and particular star configuration make this 44-star flag quite rare. Following the 38-star flag, official flags were more commonly produced with a more traditional row pattern. Thus, the intricate triple medallion and outlying stars pattern is quite extravagant and rare for this period.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition considering age and use. Frayed edge against fly end, some very light staining across field. Framed according to conservation standards in a custom, beaded frame.

Framed dimensions: 38.5" H x 30" W x 2.5" D




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