When I shared a photo my newly purchased flag last week, some of you spotted that it looks a little odd for a 48 star, and suspected it may be older. Well you were right! Inspecting it closer, three of the stars on the outer edge were hand stitched on, whereas the rest were machine stitched. Making the flag a 45 star dating from 1886-1908.
It had a few patches already, and I've been adding to it all week, I believe it's a woven wool, so it wasn't immune to moths. Can't wait to hang it up!