Extremely Rare 47 Star American(New Mexico) Flag made by H. Channon Co. in 1912
Extremely Rare 47 Star American(New Mexico) Flag made by H. Channon Co. in 1912 :
Extremely rare 47 Star American Flag. Sold in 1912, by the H. Channon Co. of Chicago, IL. H. Channon Co. was a mail order company operating out of Chicago, incorporated in 1895. New Mexico was admitted to the Union as a state on January 6, 1912. Five weeks later on February 14, 1912, Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th State. Under the terms of the Flag Act of 1818, a state could not have an official state Flag designation until July 4th of the year of statehood. As a result New Mexico never had an official state Flag. Only a very few (less than 12 known) unofficial state Flags are known to exist, that were made in 1912, to celebrate the admission of New Mexico into the Union. Examples of the unofficial 47 Star American Flag can be found in the Almagordo Museum of History in Almagordo, New Mexico, the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Fort McHenry National Monument, the Historical Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland and the Smithsonian Instiutution in Washington, D.C. This Flag Measures: 42" X 87" Sotheby's has indicated that the subject Flag "is indeed a rare item." A copy of their report is available upon request. If anyone knowledgeable about historical American Flags tells you that this 47 star Flag was mass produced ask them to show you another one with the H. Channon label. They won't be able to because they are nowhere to be found. The Flag is completely legitimate. No stars have been removed to create a 47 star Flag. No indication of any alteration to the Flag is mentioned in the Sotheby report. This Flag is unique and was made in 1912. There are no others known to exist that were produced and sold by this company or any other company in 1912. A collector of American Flags, among others, have attempted to purchase this Flag from me but I turned them all down because of their low offers. The highest offer I have received to date is $3,000.00. Because of its rarity, the current value of this Flag should exceed $15,000.00. If you are a collector of American Flags, or represent a museum, I am quite sure your collection is missing an original, authenticated, 47 Star American Flag. This is your chance to own one. I doubt if you will ever find another.