Rare Circa 1875 “Dakotas” 39-Star American Flag
c. 1875, 39-Star American Flag, Printed Cotton, Choice Very Fine.
This rare parade size, 39-Star American Flag measures about 12” x 17” and is boldly printed on white cotton. This is a very rare and “unofficial” American Flag. In the 1875-76 period the Dakotas were first thought to be entered as one state within the Union. This Flag was likely produced during that time frame. Ultimately, the Dakotas actually became two separate States in 1889. This Flag has a rare configuration and pattern. It is in excellent overall condition having never been attached to any holder, with only two light old tape traces about 1.25” x .5” at the upper and lower right corners, likely from a previous display. A most historic American Flag. We previously sold a similar 18” x 30” 39-Star Flag on printed cotton in our EAHA Auction of May 16, 2009, Lot # 569, graded Extremely Fine (with some problems) at $1,711. This historic example appears to be in about equal overall quality.