38-Star American Flag
Cotton, 27.5 x 19 in., printed flag with 38 stars arranged in 5/6/6/6/6/7 horizontal rows, with two additional stars in the top right and left corners. Hoist end with few small pinholes. Framed, 34 x 25.75 in.
The 38-star flag was introduced on August 1, 1876 when Colorado became the 38th state, just 28 days after the official centennial celebration. Although 37 was the official star count in 1876, flag makers hesitated to make 37-star flags when others were making 38-star examples. As a result, flag makers produced them with counts of 38 and 13 stars. Some makers produced 39-star flags because they anticipated another state in the Western Territory. The 38-star flag was used until 1889, when four new states joined the Union.
Toning of the fabric, a partial tear on the cotton hoist with 4 button holes, some bleeding of the canton onto the field, several cases of foxing, and some fraying on the outer field.