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    Circa 1889 Patriotic Parade Cane Containing Roll-Out 39 Star Flag. This format seems to have been a popular one in the late 1880s and 1890s. The wooden knob atop the walking stick pulls off to reveal a rolled up flag on a stick, ready to be waved at the appropriate moments. Similar examples exist touting various political candidates of that era. This particular flag is a very interesting one, a 39 star silk example, measuring 16" x 12". Technically, there was no 39 Star flag. Both the Dakotas were admitted on the same day, raising the count of states from 38 to 40. North Dakota generally claims to be the 39th state, since alphabetically it comes before South Dakota. It is quite plausible that this 39 Star flag was issued in that state to celebrate their admission to the Union. It is in exceptionally nice condition for a silk flag of this era, the only negative being some light wrinkling due to its having been rolled and inserted into the cane's shaft. The walking stick itself is 38" in length.

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