42 Star American Flag with Medallion Halo Pattern ~ 1890 SKU 9922

Flag Size:10″x15 Frame Size:24″x28″

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Extremely Rare 42 Star Double Medallion Flag

With A Double Wreath Flag is one of the most highly sought after star patterns displayed on American Flags today. Medallion Flags typically consist of circular wreath patterns of stars that are surrounding a central star. In this particular example not only are there two wreaths, an outer wreath of 18 stars, and an inner wreath with 11 stars- also known as Double Wreath, it is also flanked on all four corners by a trio of stars uniquely featuring a large haloed center star. Also, it is important to notice that the hoist is still remaining and that in most existing examples today the hoists are generally missing. Its interesting to note that the 42 Star Flag was never an official star count and that 42 star flags were only produced in less than a period of one year, 1889 through 1890 representing the additions of the Dakotas, Montana and Washington. During this short period of time common 42 star flags containing a pattern of 6 rows of 7 stars were produced, understanding that makes the design of this flag most rare of its period. The 42 Star Flag is printed and made of cotton. The colors on the stripes are striking with minor loss along the edge of the fly. The hoist has some minor loss along the entire edge. The canton is bold in color with some staining and slight discoloration on the upper left corner, stripes bordering the lower edge of the hoist and in the center of the flag. Overall we rate this 42 Star Medallion Flag

Flag Size:10″x15 Frame Size:24″x28″

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

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.

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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.

We use modern museum framing technology to frame our antique flags.

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.


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

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