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29 Star Flag - (1847-1848) (U.S.)

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[U.S. 29 star flag 1847] image by Clay Moss, 17 February 2007



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Description of the flag

In 1847, one star was added, representing Iowa, bringing the total number of stars to 29. There were thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.
Rick Wyatt, 5 April 1998

This flag flew from 4 July, 1847, to 3 July, 1848.
Clay Moss, 17 February 2007


Jack

[U.S. 29 star jack 1847] image by Clay Moss, 17 February 2007


Diamond Pattern

[29 star Diamond Pattern 1847] image by Steven M. Schroeder, 18 November 2000

Diamond Pattern 29 Star - As depicted in the postage stamp, it consists of 13 stripes, blue canton with 29 5-pointed stars arranged in a diamond pattern.
Steven M. Schroeder, 18 November 2000


Variant Star Pattern

[U.S. 29 star jack 1847] image by Clay Moss, 17 February 2007

The two middle rows of stars are flip-flopped. I have now found 11 versions of basically the same chart. Between all of them, the verdict was split 6 to 6 as to which one of these should be depicted.
Clay Moss, 17 February 2007


Circular Pattern

[U.S. 29 star jack 1847] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 September 2007

Based on an e-bay posting:
Description: ... guaranteed original printed not sewn 10.5" x 7" United States flag featuring only 29 stars dating this to 1846-1848. ... The condition as shown is quite good. The first image shows it from the reverse which has a bit of staining but the front is much cleaner as can be seen. ... Vexillologists- those engaged in the scholarly study of flags should really appreciate the rare design---and I believe unofficial U.S. design; ... At this size, may have been a parade flag or used at political rallies or campaigns but you be the judge. ...

At that time a lot of US flags had an "unofficial U.S. design". And I judge political gathering more likely than parade.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 September 2007