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ZFC0020

U.S. 38 Star Flag, Jabez Loane maker.

Sub-collection: Star Spangled Banner Flag House

U.S. 38 Star Flag, Jabez Loane maker.
This important flag was used in the parade of the re-dedication of Baltimore, Maryland City Hall on January 2, 1977. Mayor William Donald Schaefer (to become Governor) was in command. Flag circa 1876/77.

The wool/bunting field is composed of 13 horizontal alternating red and white stripes each about 4 inches wide, top stripe is red, bottom stripe is red, stitched by machine. Inset into the field, and extending through seven stripes from the top, is a dark blue canton (union) 33.25 inches wide on the fly x 26.5 inches, with 38 stars, each 3 inches across, hand sewn on the obverse and reverse sides. The stars are arranged in a two concentric circles around a center star, the inner ring having 13 stars and the outer ring 20. Four other stars grace each of the corners of the canton. A white canvas heading, 2 - 2.5 inches wide finishes the leading edge and probably served as a sleeve for a now missing section of rope, looped into eyelets at each end for securing to a halyard. The heading bears the inked inscription "No. 10", which is thought to represent a specific size flag (in this case 7' x 4.5') made and sold by Jabez W. Loane of Baltimore, Maryland. Framed (outside dimensions 60.5 x 96.5).



This 1864 view of the "Baltimore Wharf" at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, depicts a 35-star U.S. flag by Jabez Loane, similar to the 38-star version of the same design shown at the left.


Provenance:
• Made by J.W. Loane Co., 124 West Pratt Street, circa 1877-1890.
• Acquired by Mr. Frank J. Harkey, Baltimore, MD. Until 1964.
• Gifted to the Star Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum, until 1996.
• Acquired by the Zaricor Flag Collection from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Collection of Baltimore, MD. in 1996.



Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 50
Length of Fly 88

Union/Canton

Width of Union/Canton 33.25
Length of Union/Canton 26.5

Stars

Size of Stars 3

Stripes

Width of 1st Stripe 4
Width of 3rd Stripe 4
Width of 8th Stripe 4
Width of Last Stripe 4
Size of Hoist 2.25

Frame

Is it framed? yes
Frame Height 60.5
Frame Length 96.5

Stars

Number of Stars 38
How are the stars embeded? Sewn
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? yes

Stripes

Number of Stripes 13
Color of Top Stripe Red
Color of Bottom Stripe Red
Has a Blood Stripe? no

Fabric

Fabric Wool
Comments on Fabric Bunting

Stitching

Stitching Machine
Comments on Stitching Hand sewn Stars

Documentation

Documents



Drawings

Research Documents

Public Copy & Signs



Condition

Condition Good
Damage Splits and tears where canton joins hoist. Small losses. Grime overall discoloration. Stripes faded.
Displayable yes

Date

Date 1876

Exhibits

Exhibition Copy Exhibition History
First Presidio Exhibit
(ZFC0020)
38-STAR UNITED STATES FLAG
Date: About 1876-1888
Media: Wool bunting with cotton stars; machine stitched with hand sewn stars
Comment: This flag is thought to be from the flag maker, Jabez W. Loane of Baltimore, Maryland. (For a thirty-five star example of the same manufacturer, see Gallery 4). Loane was active in flag making in Baltimore from the time of the Civil War through the turn of the century, and several flags of this basic star arrangement have been discovered with Baltimore association. Loane identified the flags he sold by a code number that referred to its size. In this case the No. 10 inked onto the heading refers to a flag that is basically 4.5' on its hoist by 7' on its fly. Loane arranged the thirty-eight stars in two concentric rings around a center star, with thirteen stars in the inner ring and twenty in the outer. Four other stars, one in each corner of the canton, brought the total to thirty-eight. This flag was so well made that it was resurrected in 1977 and used in the parade for the rededication of Baltimores City Hall by Mayor William D. Schaefer.
Provenance: Acquired by the Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC0020) in 1996 from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Collection of Baltimore, MD.


Second Presidio Exhibit, 2003 - GALLERY V
(ZFC0020)
38-Star United States Flag

Date: 18761888 38 Stars: July 4, 1877-July 3, 1890 (Colorado statehood August 1, 1876)
Media: Wool bunting with cotton stars; machine-stitched with hand-sewn stars
Comment: This flag is believed to have come from the workshop of flag maker Jabez W. Loane of Baltimore, Maryland. (For a 35-star flag made by Loane, see Gallery 4.) He was active in flag-making in Baltimore from the time of the Civil War through the turn of the century and several flags with the same basic star arrangement have been discovered with a Baltimore association. Loane identified the flags he sold by a code number that referred to its size. In this case the No.10 inked onto the heading refers to a flag that is basically 4.5' along its hoist by 7' along the fly. Loane arranged the 38 stars in two concentric rings around a central star, with 13 stars in the inner ring and 20 in the outer. Four other stars, one in each corner of the canton, bring the total to 38. This flag was so well made that after being rediscovered in 1977 it was carried in the parade for the rededication of Baltimores City Hall by Mayor William D. Schaefer.

Provenance: Acquired by the Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC0020) in 1996 from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Collection of Baltimore, MD
An important flag from the Star Spangled Banner Flag House Collection.

Publications

Publication Images
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
Flag Books
The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord and Conflict

The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord and Conflict