Rare Antique 39 Star Flag ~ SKU 16006

FRAME SIZE 69″ X 80″

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Rare Antique 39 Star Flag #16006

Antique 39 Star Flag. Very rare antique flag that has hand painted stars. Only the earliest of flags were hand painted. They also used hand painted flags during the Civil War. Another rare trait of this beautiful flag is that it has a very rare star arrangement, as the stars are placed in the canton in a scattered pattern. The maker was trying to follow the Founding Fathers exact directions in making a flag as its spelled out in the Constitution that the stars be arranged as a “New Constellation” (in the night sky) That is what the maker of this flag is trying to do. Made of home spun cotton. Circa 1889-1890.

This very rare and antique flag comes with a certificate of authenticity and is white gloved shipped. Framed using museum framing with UV acrylic, this is a large flag measuring 80″ wide.

This flag is indeed perfect for those who collect American history and items with rare traits. 39 stars is an unofficial count, because of the introduction of North Dakota (39) and South Dakota (40) at one time, instead of as a single state (formerly the Dakota territory). Despite the fact that the U.S. went from 38 stars to 40 stars in a single event.


Our in-house professional framers use only conservation framing methods used by museums. We only use acid free cotton rag mats and gas free materials along with safe ultra-clear UV acrylic. The UV acrylic is clearer than glass and unlike glass it will not break. Our flags are museum mounted using safe acid free hinges, which does not damage the flag in any way like sewing flags down does. The hinge mounting is completely reversible which is the prime focus to achieve in conservation framing.

Sewing a flag down as some framers and company’s do is very costly to the customer and can damage the flag.  Sewing flags down is an out of date, old process that can and usually does damage the flag over time as it hangs in the frame.  In some cases, sewing the flag down can cause irreparable damage and ruin your investment in the flag you purchased.

This is what happened to the Old Glory Flag in the Smithsonian.  The Smithsonian conservators spent millions of dollars to repair and reverse the damage to the flag caused by sewing the historical flag down.  Framers have used the sewing method in the past and some do now because they do not know any better and are stuck with a failed technology and the main reason is they make much more money from the customer by charging huge fees to sew a flag down. Time has proved sewing a flag down is damaging to the flag and very costly to the customer.  Our mounting process is safe, cost effective and preserves the antique flag for generations to come.

We do all this and sell our flags at very reasonable prices unlike many dealers…

Selling only Genuine Authentic antiques & rare American Flags

I have consulted with numerous museums across the country including The National Archives, PBS, various film production companies for national TV Shows, major motion pictures, major collectors, and large and small auction houses over the years in selling, loaning, describing, documenting, and identifying various antique flags and antique textiles.

I have been interviewed for many national magazines and newspaper articles on antique flags and rare Americana.

Our flags and rare Americana have been featured in numerous antique trade publications, newspapers and major national decorator magazines, national TV shows and major movies.

I have also worked with numerous major retail corporations, major on-line retailers, major on-line catalogs, many prominent national interior designers, and architects.

Historical Americana has been buying and selling rare, unique antique relics and rare American Flags and Americana for over twenty years. I have personally seen and handled and purchased thousands of antiques & antique flags over the years.

Please do not be intimated by dealers that have outrageous prices on their flags and say if any flags is sold for less than their (highly inflated prices) it can’t possibly be real. Really?…

If you want to pay more for the same flag, please do


I have more experience on antique flags than most museum curators, auction house appraisers who may see only a few flags each year and most flag dealers sometime make erroneous statements and opinions on flags because of lack of experience.




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