- Luce Center Label
- Artists often decorate flag holders with patriotic symbols and colors. In this piece, made in the nineteenth century, the artist painted three stars around two crossed American flags. The flag on the right has twenty-one stars, while the other has twenty-two. This may symbolize the twenty-first and twenty-second states, Illinois and Alabama, who joined the Union in 1818 and 1819.
- Data Source
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- 19th century
- Credit Line
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
- carved and painted wood
- 20 7/8 x 14 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (53.0 x 36.2 x 8.9 cm)
- Decorative Arts
- Folk Art
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