42-star 10th Cavalry guidon flag, n.d., circa 1889-1891. Cotton swallow-tail flag with printed stars, stencil "10" above crossed sabers and "US" at center of field. At widest 32.5 x 25.5 in., framed to 38.25 x 31 in.
No maker's mark and no date, however, the 42-star flag was only official for two years from 1889 to 1891. During this time the 10th participated in the Battle of Salt River on March 7, 1890, at the end of the Apache Wars. In 1891, the 10th was transferred out of the southwest to the Department of Dakota. Other guidons in the same configuration with different cavalry units have surfaced, but none from the Buffalo Soldiers, with suggestions that the flags were used in dress parades. Exceedingly rare.
Very occasional spotting, small hole, and holes along edge where it was presumably mounted.
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