A 24-Star American Flag commemorating Missouri statehood

circa 1822

Hand-sewn, single appliqued cotton stars arranged in 4 rows of 6, on a three-part wool bunting canton, the stars are unusual in that they "peek" through to the front, hand-sewn stripes, canvas hoist retains hemp rope, two hand-sewn grommets, mounted and framed.

36 in. x 57 in. (sight)

Estimate $5,000-7,000

Literature: Kevin Keim & Peter Keim, A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags (2007), 71.

Note: The admission of Missouri, as a Slave state, August 10, 1821, and Maine as a Free state, were provided for by the passage of the controversial Missouri Compromise. The Compromise sought to maintain the balance of power between the North and the South in the U. S. Senate and also prohibited slavery north of the 36 30' parallel-excluding Missouri. The legislation is credited to the oratorical and political skills of Speaker of the House Henry Clay.

24-Star Flags are rare, especially in this example where the stars are applied on the reverse and "peek" through to the front.

Sold for $25,000 (buyer's premium included)