Catalog Photo - 2
Catalog Photo - 2

Catalog Photo - 2

Obverse

Obverse

Reverse

Reverse

Catalog Photo

Catalog Photo

Obverse - 2

Obverse - 2

Detail of weave

Detail of weave

Ob. Hoist Detail

Ob. Hoist Detail

Star detail

Star detail

Ob. Canton

Ob. Canton

Ob. Lower fly

Ob. Lower fly

Stars - detail

Stars - detail

Ob. Upper fly

Ob. Upper fly

ZFC2386

U.S 26 Star Flag - Michigan 26th State.

Sub-collection: U.S. 26 Star Flags

U.S. 26 Star Flag - Michigan as the 26th state of the Union.
This hand sewn 26 star United States flag was made to indicate the admission of Michigan as the 26th state on January 26, 1837; and would remain accurate until the admission of Florida on March 3, 1845, a period of 8 years, 1 month, 5 days.

This flag is an outstanding example of an open weave wool flag. The stripes and canton are made from hand-loomed homespun, indicative of early 19th century manufacture. The heading has three hand sewn whip-stitched eyelets, a common finishing detail in the first half of the 19th century. The star field is unusual in that the two stars on the fly end of the canton, which may have been added later.

Howard Madaus, the late vexillologist, after examining this flag, speculated that because of the striking rows of stars and the size, this might be a U.S. Navy Boat Flag.

ZFC Significant Flag


Provenance:
• John Armiger until 1985.
• John Armiger Jr., The John Armiger Collection until 2005.
• Sold via Cowan's Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Zaricor Flag Collection, 2005.


Sources:



Cooper, Grace Rogers, Thirteen-Star Flags: Keys to Identification, Smithsonian Institution Press, City of Washington, 1973.

Madaus, Howard M.- Whitney Smith, The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord and Conflict, VZ Publications, Santa Cruz, 2006.

Mastai, Boleslaw and Marie-Louise D'Otrange, The Stars and The Stripes: The American Flag as Art and as History from the Birth of the republic to the Present, Knopf, New York, 1973.

Collins, Herbert Ridgeway, Threads of History, Americana Recorded on Cloth 1775 to the Present, City of Washington, Smithsonian Press, 1979.

26 Star Flag - (1837-1845) (U.S.), Flags of the World, 1 November 2011, from:
http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us-1837.html

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection





Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 38
Length of Fly 68

Union/Canton

Width of Union/Canton 20.5
Length of Union/Canton 35

Stars

Comments on Star Measurements Two stars added to the original 24 stars to represent the admission of Arkansas and Michigan into the Union
Size of Stars 4

Stripes

Width of 1st Stripe 3.5
Width of 3rd Stripe 3.5
Width of 8th Stripe 3
Width of Last Stripe 3.5
Size of Hoist 1.5

Frame

Is it framed? no

Stars

Number of Stars 26
How are the stars embeded? Applique
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? yes
Star Pattern 6-6-6-6 with 2 additional stars in the hoist end of the canton.
Two stars added to the original 24 stars to represent the admission of Arkansas and Michigan into the Union.

Stripes

Number of Stripes 13
Color of Top Stripe Red
Color of Bottom Stripe Red
Has a Blood Stripe? no
Comments on Stripes Hand sewn

Nationality

Nation Represented United States

Fabric

Fabric Wool
Comments on Fabric Bunting

Stitching

Stitching Hand

Weave

Type of Weave Open

Attachment

Comments on Method of Attachmen Three "buttonhole" style grommets.
Eyelet or grommett through header.
Method of Attachment Whip-stitched

Applica

Applique Sides Single Faced = Mirror Image Reverse

Documentation

Documents
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
Drawings
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
Research Documents
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
Public Copy & Signs
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.

Condition

Condition Excellent
Damage Used, worn
Displayable yes

Date

Date 1840