A 26-Star 'Great Luminary' American Flag commemorating Michigan statehood

circa 1840

Hand-sewn, single appliqued 'puffy' stars arranged in the 'Great Luminary' or 'Great Star' pattern on a two-part wool bunting canton, hand-sewn wool bunting stripes, canvas hoist with two whip-stitched grommets.

66 in. x 104 in.


Estimate $8,000-12,000

Literature: Kevin Keim & Peter Keim, A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags (2007), 80 & 81.

Note: Michigan was admitted to the Union, January 26, 1837, under President Andrew Jackson. Captain Samuel Reid, a Naval hero of the War of 1812, advocated that the 'Great Luminary' or 'Great Star' pattern become the official National Flag design.



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Sold for $26,250 (buyer's premium included)