A 13-Star 'Great Star' pattern American Flag

late 18th/early 19th century

Hand-sewn, double appliqued linen stars arranged in a 'Great Star' formation on a wool bunting canton, hand-sewn stripes, a later cotton canvas hoist with two lead grommets with rope attached, mounted and framed.

30 1/4 in. x 43 1/2 in. (sight)

Estimate $15,000-25,000

Literature: Kevin Keim & Peter Keim, A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags (2007), 32.

Note: On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia passed the First Flag Resolution which stated, "Resolved That the Flag of the united states be 13 stripes alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 stars white in a blue field representing a new constellation." No specific proportions, star-form or configuration of stars were given.

Sold for $33,750 (buyer's premium included)