9 and 10 star Flag Question

Discussion in 'Flag Identification and Collecting' started by kzacherl2000, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. kzacherl2000

    kzacherl2000 New Member

    I picked up a fan yesterday that is an accordian style fold up fan. It has two wooden handles that look to be hand-carved. The fan itself is made of a hard cloth material. When you open the fan, the left side of the fan has a flag with 9 stars. There is a screened picture of a gentleman in the middle of the fan (similar to a dollar bill image), and the flag on the right side of the fan has 10 stars. I am not sure if it was a mistake to have one flag with 9 stars and one flag with 10 stars. Both flags have 13 stripes. Starting with red on top, and ending with red on the bottom. I was wondering if anyone could identify what year this may be from? I am wondering if it was some type of promotional item giveaway for some campaign (before there were buttons, and other promotional items to giveaway), but I am not sure at all. I have attached several pictures as well. Thank you for your time and consideration!

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  2. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Greetings, kzacherl2000!

    Based on the portrait, which looks like Christopher Columbus, my first guess would be that your fan is a souvenier of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. I don't think that the number of stars on the flags is especially significant. Folk art representations of the flag often have oddball numbers of stars and/or stripes.

    We have several collectors here who are more knowledgeable than I am about this sort of thing -- I hope that one or more of them will chime in.

    Best regards,

    Peter Ansoff
  3. kzacherl2000

    kzacherl2000 New Member

    Peter, Thank you for your information. I do hope others do post their thoughts as well. Kim Z
  4. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    I agree with Peter about the age of your fan. I have an identical fan and a photo is posted on flickr.com
    Patriotic Fan - 1892 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    Here are the photos of all my patriotic fans:
    Flag Fans - a set on Flickr

    I also agree that the number of stars is of no consequence. The illustrations show 13-star flags with some of the stars hidden by Chris's portrait.

    Nick A
    Columbia MD
  5. kzacherl2000

    kzacherl2000 New Member

    Nick, I appreciate your quick response. How thoughtful of you to provide a link to yours as well. Thank you so much! Kim Z

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