[AMERICAN FLAG] Forty-Four Star American Flag.
Circa 1890 or later. Large linen/cotton flag, overall 71 x 113 1/2 inches (180 x 288 cm), and the canton in three pieces, 39 x 42 inches (99 x 107 cm) and with 44 five pointed stars applied to each side in a finer fabric (possibly silk). The hoist is initialed in ink "L.W.W." The flag formerly folded and framed with some light stitching at folds and some minor remnants of that fabric, three small glue remnants to canton where formerly affixed to a backboard, one with a small tear, other light signs of wear, small punctures, minor soiling, well preserved but sold as is; Together with an 1865 Civil War discharge document for George H.[enry] C.[lay] Taft, long associated with the flag but possibly not related.
By family report this flag descended in the family of one of President Taft's brothers and was flown over the Capital. Forty-four star flags represent the period from July 1890 when Wyoming was admitted as a state until January 1896 when Utah was admitted.
C Estate of Howard L. Munson
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