Large 38-star American flag, approximately 12' 5" x 24' 2". Dimensions are close in size to a Navy flag, which typically measured 13 x 25 feet. The stars are arranged in an alternate design, 8-7-8-7-8. The stripes are 11" - 12" wide. It is pieced together with machine stitches overall, with a white cotton thread. The fabric is most likely wool bunting. Most of the stripes are constructed from one length of fabric. There is one vertical seam along the left side under the canton in the white stripe second from the bottom. The red stripe second from the top has a vertical seam 6" from the fly end. The red stripe third from the top has a seam 8" from the fly end.
The top and bottom of the flag are selveges. The fly end is finished with a 2 ½" hem and three rows of vertical stitches. The stripes are pieced together with machine stitches. The seams are hemmed in a manner that is double-sided and are approximately ¼" wide.
The blue field is pieced together with five horizontal lengths of bunting. The center panel is approximately 10" wide. The other four are approximately 16" wide. The stars are white cotton applique. The stars are double-sided; there is a cotton star attached to both sides with hand-appliqué stitches. Each side is finished with a hem so that the flag is reversible. Each star is approximately 7" - 9" in height and width.
The cotton hoist is 4" wide and is finished with hems and machine stitching. There are five metal bolt hooks attached to the hoist, even spaced along the tie end. The top and bottom hooks are attached with an approximate 3 ½" length of rope (jute?). The three center hooks are attached to the hoist with large couching stitches.
The 38th star was added for the state of Colorado in 1877 and lasted until 1890. Museum notes about the flag indicate that a star was added to this flag with the addition of the state of Colorado. The 37-star flag dated from 1867 - 1877, the 37th star representing the state of Nebraska. Donor's family history states this flag flew over the Loveland Building at 1122 Washington Avenue in Golden when the last two sessions (sixth and seventh) of the Colorado Territorial Legislature were in session. This story warrants additional research to verify validity.
|Title||Koenig 38-star American flag|
|Collection||Permanent-Golden Landmarks Association|
Koenig, Carl J. Jr.
Koenig, Samuel A.
Loveland (Montgomery), Miranda Ann
Loveland, William Austin Hamilton
Colorado Territorial Legislature
Golden Mercantile Company
Koenig Mercantile Company