Horizontal Flag
Horizontal Flag

Horizontal Flag

Canton +, Horizontal

Canton +, Horizontal


U.S. 36 Star Flag - Mastai 20.

Sub-collection: Mastai - Early American Flags

U.S. 36 Star Flag - Mastai 20.
The 36-star US flags became official on 4 July 1865, however entrepreneurs made them available as soon as statehood for Nevada loomed on the national horizon in 1863. Thirty six-star flags, like this one, were widely available in April of 1865 to celebrate Lee's surrender at Appomattox and again later to mourn the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln - two of the most significant events in United States history.

The exact use to which this flag was put to is so far unknown but it was flag #20 in the acclaimed flag collection of noted antique dealer Mr. Boleslaw Mastai and his wife Marie-Louise d'Otrange Mastai, formerly of New York City and later of Amagansett, Long Island.

The 6 x 6 rectilinear patterns were by far and away the most popular star fields for use on the 36-star flags, which would remain current until the admission of Nebraska in 1867. So many of these 36-star flags were produced that many were overprinted for political campaigns in the last half of the 19th century

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 85
Length of Fly 140


Width of Union/Canton 46.5
Length of Union/Canton 57


Size of Stars 5


Size of Hoist 1.5


Number of Stars 36
How are the stars embeded? Single Applique
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? no
Comments on Stars Obverse


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


Fabric Wool
Comments on Fabric Stars are cotton.


Stitching Hand


Method of Attachment Grommets


Applique Sides Single Faced = Mirror Image Reverse


All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.


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