A 22-Star American Flag commemorating Alabama statehood or a Exclusionary Flag, circa 1860
Hand-sewn, single appliqued cotton stars arranged in 6,5,6,5 pattern, machine-sewn stripes, linen hoist retains rope with looped ends; possibly a Naval Ensign.
73 in. x 138 in.
Literature: Kevin Keim & Peter Keim, A Grand Old Flag, A History of the United State Through its Flags (2007), 67.Note: The 22-Star Flag was never an official Flag as the admission of Maine to statehood took place ninety days after that of Alabama. This Flag may be a commemorative Flag celebrating the 22nd state, or a Civil War Flag with 22 stars representing the states the maker believed to be loyal to the Union.